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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Readings Table of Contents
Part A:Readings from Philosophy:Classic to Contemporary I.Classic and Medieval Readings (500 B.C.E-1499 A.D.) ·Thucydides, Pericles’ funeral oration ·Plato, Crito andRepublic ·Aristotle, Politics ·Augustine, City of God II.Modern Readings (1500-1899) ·Machiavelli, The Prince, and Discourses ·St. Thomas More, Utopia ·Hobbes, De Cive ·Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, The Letter to M. D’Alembert on the Theater ·Jefferson, Thomas, “Manufactures” ·Addams, Jane, “The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements” III. Late Modern Readings (1900-1969) ·Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life “ ·Weber, Max, “Concepts and Categories of the City” ·Dewey, John, “Philosophy and Civilization” ·Benjamin, Walter, Arcades Project ·Heidegger, “Building, Dwelling, Thinking” Mumford, Lewis, "Retrospect and Prospect"
VContemporary Readings (1970-present) ·Lefebvre, Henri, “Philosophy of the City and Planning Ideology” ·Gavin, William J.“The Urban and the Aesthetic” ·Habermas, Jürgen, “The Public Sphere” ·Foucault, “Panopticism” ·Norberg-Schulz, “The Loss and Recovery of Place” ·Young, Iris Marion, “City Life as a Normative Ideal” ·hooks, bell, “Homeplace:A Site of Resistance” ·Grosz, Elizabeth, “Body Politic and Political Bodies” ·West, Cornell, “Race Matters” ·Grange, Joseph, “The Philosopher as Master of Heartfelt Conflict” ·Conlon, James, “Cities and the Place of Philosophy” ·Bickford, Susan, “Constructing Inequality:City Spaces and the Architecture of Citizenship” ·Mendieta, Eduardo,“A Phenomenology of the Global City” ·Weiss, Gail, “Urban Flesh:The Fragility of Dwelling”
Part B:Philosophy Matters, City Matters:Cases for Discussion I.What is a City? Philosophy Matters:Engels, Friedrich, “The Failure of the City for 19th Century British Working Class” City Matters:Ginsberg, Robert, “Aesthetics in Hiroshima:The Architecture of Remembrance”
II.Citizenship Philosophy Matters:Gooding-Williams, Robert,“Citizenship and Racial Ideology” City Matters:Kemmis, Daniel, “Taxpayers vs. Citizens” III. Urban Identity and Diversity Philosophy Matters:Francis, Lee, “We, the People:Young American Indians Reclaiming their Identity” City Matters:Pratt, Geraldine, “Domestic Workers, Gentrification and Diversity in Vancouver” IV. The Built Environment (planning and architecture) Philosophy Matters:Mugerauer, Robert, “Design on Behalf of Place” City Matters:HRH The Prince of Wales, “Tall Buildings” V.Social Justice and Ethics of the City Philosophy Matters:Light, Andrew.“Elegy for a Garden:Thoughts on an Urban Environmental Ethic“ City Matters:Hayek, Friedrich, “Housing and Town Planning”
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Cities matter. Philosophy matters. In this groundbreaking anthology, Sharon Meagher brings together for the first time a rich collection of readings on the nature and importance of urban life. In so doing, she provides a unique opportunity for students new to philosophy to discover the nature and importance of philosophical reflection as they engage in inquiry about a topic that is central to their lives. At the same time, Meagher offers a valuable resource for seasoned philosophers and for anyone who cares passionately about our cities and about those who live in them.” — Sean P. O’Connell, Dean, Undergraduate College, Albertus Magnus College and author of Outspeak: Narrating Identities That Matter
“Meagher’s perceptive anthology asserts the power and value of reconnecting philosophy and urban issues, a timely association as people worldwide grapple with how, and why, to address civic engagement.” — Diane Favro, Professor of Architecture, UCLA
“Sharon Meagher’s collection provides us with a much-needed compendium of the scattered sources that consider the city from a broad philosophical vantage point. Cities are not just collections of buildings and people; they are also value-laden manifestations of social relations. This book offers a spectrum of insights that assist us in understanding these complex relationships.” — Susan S. Fainstein, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University
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