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Volume 72, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 72, 351–360, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-351-2017
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Geogr. Helv., 72, 351–360, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-351-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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Die Abwesenheit der Phänomenologie in der deutschen Humangeographie

Jürgen Hasse Jürgen Hasse
  • Institut für Humangeographie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 (PEG), 60323 Frankfurt/M., Germany

Abstract. This article is written from the perspective of phenomenology. Its potential gain for a critical human geography is discussed in contrast to the paradigmatic frame of basic assumptions in constructivism. The example of atmospheres will illustrate another theoretical conception of space. In phenomenological view there happens not only a reality of things but also a circum-actuality is not spatially extended like a house or another material objective. Atmospheres are vital qualities (Dürckheim) we feel like a cloud in our sense perception in situations of awareness. This implies the necessity to make a difference between a material body (Körper) and a felt body (Leib). This epistemic knowledge will improve our critique of neoliberal societies, tuned by aestheticisation especially in glamour CBDs of postmodern cities. Finally there is a close link to the work of Michel Foucault, topped off in his The Hermeneutics of the Subject. References to the Critical Theory (Frankfurter Schule) are connected.

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This article is written from the perspective of phenomenology. Its potential gain for a critical human geography is discussed in contrast to constructivism. The example of atmospheres will illustrate another theoretical conception of space. Atmospheres we feel like a cloud in our sense perception in situations of awareness. Finally there is a close link to the work of Michel Foucault as well as the Critical Theory (Frankfurter Schule).
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