The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City is an outstanding reference source to this exciting subject and the first collection of its kind. Comprising 40 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into clear sections addressing the following central topics:
* Historical Philosophical Engagements with Cities * Modern and Contemporary Philosophical Theories of the City * Urban Aesthetics * Urban Politics * Citizenship * Urban Environments and the Creation/Destruction of Place.
The concluding section, Urban Engagements, contains interviews with philosophers discussing their engagement with students and the wider public on issues and initiatives including experiential learning, civic and community engagement, disability rights and access, environmental degradation, professional diversity, social justice, and globalization.
Essential reading for students and researchers in environmental philosophy, aesthetics, and political philosophy, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City is also a useful resource for those in related fields, such as geography, urban studies, sociology, and political science.
Introduction Samantha Noll, Sharon Meagher, and Joseph Biehl Part 1: Urban Philosophies Section 1: Historical Philosophical Engagements with Cities 1. Plato's City-Soul Analogy: The Slow Train to Ordinary Virtue Nathan Nicol 2. Philosophers and the City in Early Modern Europe Ferenc Hoercher 3. Pragmatic Engagement in the City: Philosophy as a Means for Catalyzing Collective, Creative Capacity (Lessons from John Dewey and Jane Addams) Danielle Lake 4. Back to the Cave Joseph S. Biehl Section 2: Modern and Contemporary Philosophical Theories of the City 5. Urban Philosophy in Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project Frank Cunningham 6. Henri Lefebvre and the Right to the City Loren King 7. Foucault and Urban Philosophy Kevin Scott Jobe 8. Iris Young's City of Difference Elizabeth Purcell Part 2: Philosophical Engagement with Urban Issues Section 1: Urban Aesthetics 9. Urban Planning and Design as an Aesthetic Dilemma: Void vs. Volume in City-form Abraham Akkerman 10. Architecture and Philosophy of the City Saul Fisher 11. A Philosophy of Urban Parks Amanda Meyer and Charles Taliaferro 12. Political Aesthetics of Public Art in Urban Spaces Fred Evans 13. Walking the City: Flanerie and Flaneurs Kathryn Kramer and John Rennie Short 14. How Might Creative Placemaking Lead to More Just Cities? Sharon M. Meagher Section 2: Urban Politics 15. Beyond Deliberation and Civic Engagement: Participatory Budgeting and a New Philosophy of Public Power Alexander Kolokotronis and Michael Menser 16. Constructing Communities in Urban Spaces Brian Elliot 17. Houselessness Kevin Scott Jobe 18. On Residential Segregation, Desegregation, Integration in Political Philosophy Ronald Sundstrom 19. Gentrification Tyler Zimmer 20. The Occupy Movement and he Reappearance of the Polis Chad Kautzer Section 3: Citizenship 21. City and Common Space Paula Cristina Pereira 22. The Concept of Public Space Brian A. Weiner 23. From Good to Progressive Planning or What is a Good City? Peter Marcuse 24. Hospitality in Sanctuary Cities Benjamin Boudou 25. Black Lives Matter and the Ferguson Moment: Toward a Philosophy of Urban Relegation Paul C. Taylor 26. Nature Where You're Not: Rethinking Environmental Spaces and Racism Esme G. Murdock 27. Ghost Cities: Globalization, Neo-Capitalist Speculation, and the Empty Cities of the Global South Sharon M. Meagher Section 4: Urban Environments and the Creation/Destruction of Place 28. Metropolitan Growth Robert Kirkman 29. Environmental Philosophy in the City: Confronting the Anti-Urban Bias to Overcome the Human-Nature Divide Alexandria K. Poole 30. Zooepolis: Animals in the City Cynthia Willett 31. Urban Mobility Systems Shane Epting 32. The Endeavor to Embody Urban Waters: Technical/Political Governmentality of Green Infrastructure and the Emergence of New Human-Water Relations Irene J. Klaver and J. Aaron Frith 33. Urban Agriculture and Environmental Imagination Samantha Noll 34. Paradox in the City: Urban Complications Regarding Climate Change and Climate Justice Michael Goldsby Section 5: Urban Engagements 35. An Agora Grows in Brooklyn: An Interview with Ian Olasov 36. Reaching Out to the Underrepresented: An Interview with John R. Torrey 37. Blurring the Boundaries between the Classroom and the City: An Interview with Stephen Bloch-Schulman 38. The Phronesis Lab: Practical Wisdom in the City: An interview with Sharyn Clough 39. Doing Field Philosophy in the Gas Fields of Texas: An Interview with Adam Briggle 40. Engaging Cities at Home and Abroad: Connecting our Students with Urban Communities: An interview with Sarah Donovan. Index
Sharon M. Meagher is the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, USA. Samantha Noll is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, USA, and a bioethicist with the Functional Genomics Initiative. Joseph S. Biehl is the founder and Executive Director of Gotham Philosophical Society, Inc., a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting philosophy in New York City, USA.