Talk:Philosophy of geography

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What is Phi of Geo?[edit]

Please add lots. SCmurky 23:55, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

What is the philosophy of geography? I don't see it appear in the backbone you set up for the article. The example of feminism: the issue is geographically here and it is geographically there, but that does not make it the philosophy of geography. Before writing lots of details about feminism here, try to write an introduction first: what is, in the most basic terms, the philosophy of geography? ActiveSelective 15:43, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
I've been searching for resources by searching the Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish wikipedia's and have looked in their pages Philosophy, Geography, Philosophy of Science, and their Portals, but none of them had anything on Phi of Geo. The only info of interest I found was:
  • The Ancient Greeks seem to have considered Geography as being a Philosophy.
  • There is something to say for a Geography of Philosophy (Eastern Philosophy, Western Philosophy, Precolumbian Philosophy) but should it be included here?
  • Google search for Phi of Geo showed that there are courses on methodology in Geo, but sadly not much more. The courses seem to comprise of general Philosophy of Science (Kant, Popper, Kuhn, etc) lectures located at Faculties of Geography.
Good luck! ActiveSelective 20:17, 12 July 2006 (UTC) (once a student of Phi)
...and I rearranged the backbone and added some. ActiveSelective 20:41, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
I'm currently doing a class in the philosophy of geography, and some important thinkers in the field are Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Judith Butler. I don't have the time or the expertise to write an article, but trust me it is a real discipline! Tresdessert (talk) 05:19, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Philosophy of Geography or Phi in Geography - Geography draws upon many branches of philosophy, the same way other social studies do - it doesn't have any distinct Philosophy of its own, as such. I plan to give this article a good seeing-to at somepoint soon... If I get the time... --Cooper-42 12:59, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

The first reference link does not work. Jiayong.liang (talk) 22:30, 16 February 2017 (UTC)


The layout of the article does not fit the topic.

  • The article ought to start with an ontological debate about 'What is Geography?' in this case the issue that geography has no unified definition and the issue as to whether geography is a Science, Social Science or a Humanity ought to be addressed.
  • Methodology of geography should contain the various methodologies (obviously) such as the scientific method (including cause and effect - deduction, induction and abduction) and critical geographies methods (feminist, humanist, radical etc) of analysis and not really quantitative and qualitative. Easiest way would be to split this into phys geog methos and human geog methods.
  • Geographical perspectives - at the moment is irrelevant as it does not makes sense as ecological is a subset of spatial?!
  • Role of geography should be changed into whether geography should be policy relvant or whether it should be purely educational. (At present it has philosophy in there for no apparent reason) Also the use of meta theories or multiple theories and models, focus on process or form and reality or representation could be disscussed as well as the issue of whether geographers should focus on generalisties or on the uniquness of the local.
  • Environmental Determinism ought not be given shuch prominance there are many other philosophies to be written about such as critical realism, logical positivism, critical rationalism, pragmatic realism, causality, application of chaos and complexity, systems theory, geosophy, Non-representational theory, Post-Colonial theories, marxism, post-marxism, neo-malthusianism, Lefebvre, political ecology (already on the geography page and has it's own article) to name but a few.

The article has a lot of work to be done, hopefully you will help and my time is limited, but it is achievable. I shall go and do some reading to get more information and hopefully be able to help after the geography article itself has been sorted. AlexD 12:23, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

Shake up[edit]

I've pruned the article back to a stub, and added a few relevant bits. the old version is here[1]. I've also requested attention from the relevant wikiprojects. Banno 10:14, 11 August 2007 (UTC)