THEORY of SPACE
First meeting/enrolment: Monday 15.10.2012 – 6 PM room A606
Throughout the history of thought, space occupied a distinct place in the works of many philosophers. Even when it was not directly and extensively treated, the topic of space was difficult to avoid and often remained either an obstacle or an implicit unexplained object of thought, sailing under the obscure waters of rational arguments.
Is space natural or produced? Which comes first, space or time? Is it one and geometrically homogeneous or are there many varieties of space? Are social emancipation movements possible without the creation of their own space? Can we imagine space? Is thinking itself essentially spatial? These are just some of the many questions that Western philosophers asked about space. What about Oriental thinkers? How do they conceive space?
Moreover, are there practices of space escaping theoretical approaches? Is reason the only way of “understanding” space?
Some of the key authors and concepts to be introduced:
* Henri Lefebvre: the production of space, the reproduction of social relations of production, the right to the city /// Critics of Henri Lefebvre – Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Edward Soja (: spatial justice)
* Martin Heidegger / Maurice Merleau-Ponty: In-der-Welt-sein / être au monde; building means inhabiting (“Bauen ist Wohnen”) / the primacy of the dimension of depth
* Paul Virilio: dromology, speed-space, military space, aesthetics of disappearance
* Michel Foucault: heterotopia
* Zeno of Elea: paradoxes of space
* Otto Friedrich Bollnow: forms of inhabitancy in the Western world, space anthropology, hodological space
* Zygmunt Baumann: liquid modernity, the tourist syndrome; le flâneur
* Bruno Latour: “buildings do not live in Euclidian space”, the Actor-Network Theory (ANT)
* Immanuel Kant: space as a priori intuition
* Parmenides of Elea: being as a perfect sphere
Seminars will consist in short introductions of the authors/texts made by the tutor, followed by the students’ presentations and discussions on these texts. That means that active presence in the seminar is required, as well as reading the texts at home. Alternative Seminar-sessions in different forms and places are also envisaged.
Students have the choice to write, to draw or to perform their final essays. Individually or in groups.
First meeting/enrollment: Monday, 15 October 2012, 4 p.m., room A606. Regular lectures will take place as follows: Monday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.