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Spatial Thinking and External Representation: Towards a Historical Epistemology of Space

Author: Matthias Schemmel (ed.)
Source: Directory of Open Access Books
Publisher: Edition Open Access
ISBN: 9783945561089
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Spatial knowledge takes different forms in different societies and at different times in history depending on the spatial experiences accounted for and the available means for the external representation of knowledge. The volume presents and analyses manifestations of spatial thinking in the language and practices of recent non-literate societies, in the administrative institutions of early civilizations, in discursive contexts of ancient Greece and China, in early modern natural philosophy and metaphysics, and in twentieth-century physics, and discusses their historical and structural relations.