Philosophy of geography


Philosophy of geography

Philosophy of Geography is that subfield of philosophy which deals with epistemological, metaphysical, and axiological issues in geography.

The "Society for Philosophy and Geography" was founded in 1997 by Andrew Light, a philosopher currently at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Jonathan Smith a geographer at Texas A&M University. Three volumes of an annual peer-reviewed journal, "Philosophy and Geography," were published by Rowman & Littlefield Press which later became a bi-annual journal published by Carfax publishers. This journal merged with another journal started by geographers, "Ethics, Place, and Environment," in 2005 to become "Ethics, Place, and Environment: A journal of philosophy and geography" now published by Routledge. [http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/1366879X.html] The journal is edited by Light and Smith and is in its 11th volume as of 2008. The journal publishers work by philosophers, geographers, and others in allied fields, on questions of space, place, and the environment broadly construed. The journal has been instrumental in expanding the scope of the field of environmental ethics to include work on urban environments.

John Kirtland Wright (18911969), an American geographer notable for his cartography and study of the history of geographical thought, coined the related term geosophy, for the broad study of geographical knowledge.

See also

* Philosophy of science
* History of geography

External links

* [http://www.cep.unt.edu/geosoc.html Society for Philosophy and Geography]


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