Place, Life-World and the Leib: A Reconstructive Perspective on Spatial Experiences for Human Geography

  • Thomas DörflerEmail author
  • Eberhard Rothfuß
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 5)


This chapter tries to scope the influence of phenomenology and hermeneutics for place-based methodologies and concepts in Geography. As this metatheoretical concept is seen as paradigmatic to cope with the understanding of places and (social) spaces, it is astonishing that its significance seems to be still underdeveloped or overlooked. The importance and productivity of hermeneutics and phenomenology to contribute to place-related phenomena like globality or transnationality is evident, but not the most popular strand in contemporary Human Geography. As well, it is challenged by ‘post’- and by ‘anti’-hermeneutic approaches like post-phenomenology or deconstruction, which misconceive its potential to raise their argument against the ‘limitations’ of classic phenomenology; it is argued that this perspective is based on a self-contradicting conceptionalizing of the social, which cannot tap the potential of hermeneutics to reconstruct life-world experiences like places, architectures, other beings, or atmospheres. Here we trace the arrival as well as the significance and the prospects of hermeneutic approaches in Geography in the light of such discussions.


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  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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