Chapter

Space, Time, and Touch

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0014

Series: American Philosophy

Space, Time, and Touch

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This chapter presents an essay on the philosophical dimensions of urban experience and consciousness in America. It explains the difference between the concepts of consciousness-raising and coming-to-consciousness, and suggests that urban consciousness in America is usually second-hand consciousness, derived from a defensive attitude and lacking in deeply rooted patterns of pride, responsibility and distinctive sensibility. This situation poses several concerns including the absence of an articulated urban aesthetic and the bizarre domination of a high-culture aesthetic though which cities become known and evaluated by their monuments, museums and other replications of an aesthetic past.

Keywords: urban experience; urban consciousness; philosophy; America; aesthetics; culture; essay

Chapter.  7226 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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