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Theoretical Geography (1962): William Bunge
Theoretical geography (1962): William Bunge
Michael F.Goodchild

All geographers have essentially the same problem, to make sense out of the globe. (Bunge, 1966: xvii)


Theoretical Geography first appeared in 1962, and in an expanded second edition in 1966 (which is the volume cited here). To Cox (2001: 71) it is ‘perhaps the seminal text of the spatial-quantitative revolution. Certainly in terms of laying out the philosophical presuppositions of that movement it had no peer.’ But Cox goes further:

It was also the spatial-quantitative revolution that gave impetus to conceptual precision in the field … it was the prospect of measurement, of operationalization in some piece of empirical research, that helped us discover the value of a careful specification of our concepts and an examination ...

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