Phenomenology, Architecture and the Built World

Exercises in Philosophical Anthropology


Phenomenology, Architecture and the Built World is an introduction to the methods and basic concepts of phenomenological philosophy through an analysis of the phenomenon of the built world. The conception of the built world that emerges is of space and time fashioned in accordance with a living understanding of what it is for human beings to exist in the world. Human building and making is thus no mere supplementary instrument in the pursuit of the ends of life, but a fundamental embodiment of the self-understanding of human beings. Phenomenological description is uniquely capable of bringing into view the physiognomy of this understanding, its texture and complexity, thereby providing an important basis for a critique of what constitutes its essence and its conditions of possibility.

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James Dodd, Ph.D. (1995), Boston University, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research (The New School) in New York. He has published widely on topics in phenomenology and contemporary philosophy, including Violence and Phenomenology (Routledge, 2009).
List of Figures
Chapter One. Knowledge and building
Chapter Two. Building and phenomenon
Chapter Three. Phenomenon and world
Chapter Four. At the edge of the world
Chapter Five. World and thing
Chapter Six. Thing and built space
Chapter Seven: Built space and expression
Chapter Eight. Expression and presence
Conclusion. Towards a phenomenological-anthropological vocabulary of the built world
Bibliography of Works Cited
Subject Index
Name Index
All interested in classical phenomenology, philosophy of architecture, and architectural theory, including library collections in these fields. Chiefly graduate and undergraduate students in philosophy and architecture, but with some potential interest among practitioners of architecture and design.
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