Interpreting Environments: Tradition, Deconstruction, Hermeneutics

University of Texas Press (1995)
Mugerauer seeks to make deconstruction and hermeneutics accessible to people in the environmental disciplines, including architecture, planning, urban studies, environmental studies, and cultural geography. Mugerauer demonstrates each methodology through a case study. The first study uses the traditional approach to recover the meaning of Jung's and Wittgenstein's houses by analyzing their historical, intentional contexts. The second case study utilizes deconstruction to explore Egyptian, French neoclassical, and postmodern attempts to use pyramids to constitute a sense of lasting presence. And the third case study employs hermeneutics to reveal how the American understanding of the natural landscape has evolved from religious to secular to ecological since the nineteenth century.
Keywords Human ecology Philosophy  Landscape assessment Methodology  Human geography Philosophy  Human geography Methodology
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Call number GF21.M83 1995
ISBN(s) 0292751893   0292751788   9780292751897
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