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Edward S. Casey: Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World and Edward S. Casey: The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History



Continental Philosophy Review 32: 37­48, 1999. © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Edward S. Casey, Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World. (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1993). 416 pp. $45 (cloth); $19.95 (paper). Edward S. Casey, The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History. (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1997). 494 pp. Edward S. Casey's Getting Back into Place and The Fate of Place constitute a rich and beautifully written study of place that is unprecedented in its range, detail and comprehensiveness. For this reason alone it is tremendously important, and will be invaluable to philosophers and others interested in place, space, spatial perception, embodiment, the built word, the environment and related areas. But Casey's study is also important in that it re-opens place ­ in distinction from space ­ as a philosophical issue, and does so within the framework of Casey's phenomenological approach to philosophy. Although Casey's books are from two different publishers, they should be considered one two volume study. The common argument across the study is that we have subordinated place to space and time, yet place is in fact primary. Getting Back into Place: Toward a



Continental Philosophy ReviewSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 1, 1999

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026485723583

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