By Pauline Couper

This ism-busting textual content is an tremendously obtainable account of the major philosophical and theoretical rules that experience expert geographical learn. It makes summary rules particular and obviously connects it with genuine practices of geographical study and information.

Written with aptitude and keenness, A Student's advent to Geographical Thought:

  • Explains the foremost rules: clinical realism, anti-realism and idealism / positivism / severe rationalism / Marxism and demanding realism/ social constructionism and feminism / phenomenology and post-phenomenology / postmodernism and post-structuralism / complexity / ethical philosophy.
  • Uses examples that tackle both physical geography and human geography.
  • Use a well-known and real-world instance - ‘the seashore’ - as an access aspect to easy questions of philosophy, returning to this to demonstrate and to provide an explanation for the hyperlinks among philosophy, concept, and method.

All chapters finish with summaries and resources of extra studying, a word list explaining keyword phrases, workouts with commentaries, and internet assets of key articles from the journals Progress in Human Geography and Progress in actual Geography. A Student's advent to Geographical Thought is a very obtainable scholar A-Z of concept and perform for either human and actual geography.

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London: Sage. lnkpen, R. and Wilson, G. (20 1 3) Science, Philosophy and Physical Geography. 2nd edition. London: Routledge. Johnston, R. and Sidaway,J. (2004) Geography and Geographers: Anglo-North American Human Geography since 1 945. London: Routledge. R. C. (20 1 3) An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Studies. London: Sage. Warburton, N. ( 1 999) Philosophy:The Basics. 3rd edition. London: Routledge. Progress in Human Geography and Progress in Physical Geography resources (available on the companion website) Barnes, T.

First is the 'unity of science'. In Comte's positivism, unity was to be found in the dependence of each branch of knowledge on the laws of the branch preceding it (so chemistry is dependent upon physics, physiology dependent upon chemistry and physics), and in unity of method. Frost-Arnold (2005) refers to this as the 'pyramid' view of science (with mathematics as the base of the pyramid, and sociology the pinnacle) . The logical positivists' unity, in contrast, was not a unity oflaw or theories, but a unity of language: it should be possible to derive a single language in which to express all of the sciences.

The outcome of such developments, undoubtedly in combination with techno­ logical advancements made during wartime (Church, 2010), was a renewed drive towards systematic studies. Geography would adopt the methods of science, the goals of science. Geographers would develop theory implying generalisable rather than place-specific knowledge - and would do so using quantitative methods of measurement and statistical a nalysis. 1) later became known as the 'Quantitative Revo lution'. In human geography this meant the development of spatial science.

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