By David Ley, Marmyn S. Samuels

Humanistic geography now has a longtime place within the highbrow improvement of latest geography. in spite of the fact that there has to this point been little try to draw jointly the humanistic procedure in a single wide assertion. This publication via the major figures within the box presents a platform for the exposition of humanistic geography in all its elements.

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Concern is the energizing force behind man’s relationships and the means whereby detachment (distance) is either overcome or mitigated. 28 Per­ haps it will suffice here to note that existential writers have variously sought a logical as well as an ethical means to accept, overcome, or avoid the reinforcement of estrangement in the human condition. For some, EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 29 like Albert Camus, since the primal setting at a distance is the ontologi­ cal condition of humanness the only appropriate response is either acceptance a la Sisyphus (making human existence absurd) or revolt in the face of alienation.

William James, “Pragmatism and Humanism,” in J. K. , The Moral Philosophy of William James (New York: T. Y. Crowell, 1969), pp. 312-26. 3. Wilbur Zelinsky, “The Demigod’s Dilemma,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 65 (1975): 123-43; Leslie King, “Alternatives to a Positive Economic Geog­ raphy,” Annals o f the Association o f American Geographers 66 (1976); 293-318; David Harvey, “Revolutionary and Counter-revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Prob­ lem of Ghetto Formation,” Antipode 4 (1972): 8.

Vii. C H A PTER 2 EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMAN GEOGRAPHY MARWYN S. ”1 If that statement was accurate then, how much more so now! Almost every­ where one looks, geography is ripe with philosophical speculation. Much of the latter has, of course, centered around the issue of appropri­ ate alternatives to the modes and ideals of the philosophy of science and especially analytical philosophy in geography. Disaffection with positi­ vist methods and ethics, not to mention distrust of “bourgeois scien­ tism,” has, as it were, raised the specter of variously more “humanistic” new frontiers in geographic thought.

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