Space, Place, Architecture

Edited by Patricia M. Locke and Rachel McCann

“An exceptionally impressive collection of provocative essays, all of which apply Merleau-Ponty’s ideas to new fields and frontiers. This book will probably be of most use and interest to those who are already familiar with Merleau-Ponty’s work, as well as those who are interested in the political implications which are expressed in or entailed by phenomenological concepts and techniques.”

Phenomenological Reviews

Phenomenology has played a decisive role in the emergence of the discourse of place, now indispensable to many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and the contribution of Merleau-Ponty’s thought to architectural theory and practice is well established. Merleau-Ponty: Space, Place, Architecture is a vibrant collection of original essays by twelve eminent philosophers who mine Merleau-Ponty’s work to consider how we live and create as profoundly spatial beings. The resulting collection is essential to philosophers and creative artists as well as those concerned with the pressing ethical issues of our time.

Each contributor presents a different facet of space, place, or architecture. These essays carve paths from Merleau-Ponty to other thinkers such as Irigaray, Deleuze, Ettinger, and Piaget. As the first collection devoted specifically to developing Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to our understanding of place and architecture, this book will speak to philosophers interested in the problem of space, architectural theorists, and a wide range of others in the arts and design community.

Contributors: Nancy Barta-Smith, Edward S. Casey, Helen Fielding, Lisa Guenther, Galen A. Johnson, Randall Johnson, D. R. Koukal, Suzanne Cataldi Laba, Patricia M. Locke, Glen Mazis, Rachel McCann, David Morris, and Dorothea Olkowski.

Patricia M. Locke is a tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, where she teaches across the curriculum. She writes in the areas of philosophy of art and literature, primarily with a phenomenological approach.

Rachel McCann is a professor of architecture emerita and Grisham Master Teacher at Mississippi State University. Her work focuses on the embodied experience and design of architecture as it intersects with Merleau-Ponty’s concept of flesh.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Patricia M. Locke
  • Part 1: Liminal Space
  • 1. Hearkening to the Night for the Heart of Depth, Space and Dwelling
    Glen Mazis
  • 2. Depth of Space and Depth of World: Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, and Rembrandt’s Nightwatch on a Modern Baroque
    Galen A. Johnson
  • 3. Finding Architectural Edge in the Wake of Merleau-Ponty
    Edward S. Casey
  • 4. Liquid Space of Matrixial Flesh: Reading Merleau-Ponty and Bracha L. Ettinger Poolside
    Randall Johnson
  • Part 2: Temporal Space
  • 5: Spatiality, Temporality, and Architecture as a Place of Memory
    David Morris
  • 6: In Search of Lost Time: Merleau-Ponty, Bergson, and the Time of Objects
    Dorothea Olkowski
  • 7: Inhabiting the House that Herman Built: Merleau-Ponty and the Pathological Space of Solitary Confinement
    Lisa Guenther
  • 8: Stolen Space: The Perverse Architecture of Torture
    D. R. Koukal
  • Part 3: Shared Space
  • 9: Through the Looking Glass: The Spatial Experience of Merleau-Ponty’s Metaphors
    Rachel McCann
  • 10: Sheltering Spaces, Dynamics of Retreat, and Other Hiding Places in Merleau-Ponty’s Thought
    Suzanne Cataldi Laba
  • 11: Dimensions of the Flesh in a Case of Twins with Which I Am Familiar: Actualizing the Potential for Shared Intentional Space
    Nancy Barta-Smith
  • 12: Dwelling and Public Art: Serra and Bourgeois
    Helen Fielding
  • Contributors
  • Index

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Retail price: $80.00, S.
Release date: Jan. 2016
15 illus. · 320 pages · 6 × 9 in.
Rights: World


Release date: Jan. 2016
15 illus. · ≅ 320 pages
Rights: World