Human Studies 29 (2):229-256 (2006)

Authors
Abraham Akkerman
University of Saskatchewan
Abstract
Mutual feedback between human-made environments and facets of thought throughout history has yielded two myths: the Garden and the Citadel. Both myths correspond to Jung’s feminine and masculine collective subconscious, as well as to Nietzsche’s premise of Apollonian and Dionysian impulses in art. Nietzsche’s premise suggests, furthermore, that the feminine myth of the Garden is time-bound whereas the masculine myth of the Citadel, or the Ideal City, constitutes a spatial deportment. Throughout history the two myths have continually molded the built environment and thought, but the myth of the Ideal City – from Plato to Descartes to modernity – came to dominate city-form and ensuing aspects of contemplation. This relationship seems to have shifted during the twentieth century. Intellectual dispositions have begun to be largely nurtured by an incongruous city-form emerging from the gap between the incessant promise for an automated, well-functioning city, on the one hand, and looming alienation, coupled with the factual, malfunctioning city, on the other hand. Urban decay, a persisting and time-bound urban event that is a byproduct of this configuration, suggests the ascent of the Garden myth in post-modern city-form
Keywords city-form  deconstruction  existentialism  femininity  masculinity  myth  neoplatonism  philosophical urbanism  urban decay  urban planning
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10746-006-9019-4
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,668
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Introduction to Metaphysics.M. Heidegger - 2000 - Yale University Press.
The Stoic Idea of the City.Malcolm Schofield - 1991 - University of Chicago Press.

View all 22 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Urban Void and the Deconstruction of Neo-Platonic City-Form.Abraham Akkerman - 2009 - Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (2):205 – 218.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Freud on Femininity and Faith.Judith van Herik - 1987 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 22 (1):99-102.
The City and the Philosopher: On the Urbanism of Phenomenology.Eduardo Mendieta - 2001 - Philosophy and Geography 4 (2):203 – 218.
Femininity," "Masculinity," and "Androgyny.Judith Andre - 1984 - Teaching Philosophy 7 (2):156-157.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
109 ( #83,534 of 2,331,405 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #588,490 of 2,331,405 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes