This subject is concerned with the history and philosophy of geography and is designed to introduce students to key debates, both past and present, on the nature and scope of geography as an academic discipline. It therefore sets out an essential context for understanding contemporary research in human and physical geography. The early origins of the subject are traced back to the revolutionary intellectual climate of Enlightenment and empire, a time when geographical knowledge constituted a form of both scientific enquiry and military intelligence.
Each chapter examines a few theories in depth, concentrating on the major works and the nature of their contribution. Many of the ideas covered are dense and complex, but the reader is drawn gradually into the text through notions understandable to students. After spending time with this book the reader should be able to tackle virtually any philosophical theme in contemporary geographic thought.
The book will be central courses in geographical thought and the history of geographical thought and as part of virtually all courses in human geography which entail philosophy and theory.
About Author :
S V R Naidu did his M Sc in Geography from Osmania University, Hyderabad and PhD from Kakatiya University, Warangai (AP). He has been teaching UG/PG level since 1988 at different Govt. Degree/Postgraduate Colleges in Andhra Pradesh.
He is widely traveled scholar who has presented his research papers in UGC sponsored national workshops and conferences. He has published over 25 research papers in reputed national journals and authored two books.
1. Paradigmatic Developments in Geographic Thought
5. Phenomenology and Geography
6. An Existential Geography
7. Idealism and Geography
9. Environmental Causation