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Blinding Polyphemus : geography and the models of the world

Author: Franco Farinelli; Christina Chalmers
Publisher: London : Seagull Books, 2018. ©2018
Series: Italian list.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today, we believe that the map is a copy of the Earth, without realizing that the opposite is true: in our culture the Earth has assumed the form of a map. In Blinding Polyphemus, Franco Farinelli elucidates the philosophical correlation between cultural evolution and shifting cartographies of modern society, giving readers an interdisciplinary study that attempts to understand and redefine the fundamental  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Franco Farinelli; Christina Chalmers
ISBN: 9780857423788 0857423789
OCLC Number: 964820626
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: Originally published as: Geografia. Un'introduzione ai modelli del mondo. Turin : Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a., ©2003--Title page verso.
Description: 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The pyramid and the triangle --
The landscape and the icon --
The city, the map, space.
Series Title: Italian list.
Other Titles: Geografia.
Responsibility: Franco Farinelli ; translated by Christina Chalmers.

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"Today, we believe that the map is a copy of the Earth, without realizing that the opposite is true: in our culture the Earth has assumed the form of a map. In Blinding Polyphemus, Franco Farinelli elucidates the philosophical correlation between cultural evolution and shifting cartographies of modern society, giving readers an interdisciplinary study that attempts to understand and redefine the fundamental structures of cartography, architecture, and the notion of "space." Following the lessons of nineteenth-century critical German geography, this is a manual of geography without any map. To indicate where things are means already responding, in implicit and unreflective ways, to prior questions about their nature. Blinding Polyphemus not only takes account of the present state of the Earth and of human geography, it redefines the principal models we possess for the description of the world: the map, above all, as well as the landscape, subject, place, city, and space."

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