Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters


  • Karen Malone
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_440



David Harvey (1989 as cited Tuck and McKenzie 2015, p. 1) notes: “How we represent space and time in theory matters, because it affects how we and others interpret and then act with respect to the world”. Edward Casey in his book The Fate of Place in 1997 also ruminated that discussions on place have been important, if not always a central theme, for much of the history of Western philosophy. Many contemporary thinkers, inspired most prominently, perhaps, by Martin Heidegger, have made “place” a central concern of theory (particularly ontological meanings) and illustrated that it mattered. Jeff Malpas (2006), for example, argued that throughout his life Heidegger was concerned with understanding “the ‘placed’ character of being,” with “the place of being – as a topology of being” (p. 305). Cresswell (2015) in later writings postulates Heidegger saw place as a spiritual...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia