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Hegel's geographical thought

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This paper sketches out the contours of the philosopher G W F Hegel's geographical thought. Until now, geographers have shown little interest in Hegel's geographical writing. He has figured minimally in histories of geography, and critical geographers who have engaged with Hegel have done so indirectly, either through Karl Marx's work or through Marxist and postcolonial scholars' readings of Hegel. This paper offers a more direct reading. It begins from an understanding of geographical thought as both an intellectual and a practical endeavor with its own distinct historical geographies. It examines Hegel's concepts of ‘nature’ (Natur) and ‘space’ (Raum); his understanding of geography's relationship to history and anthropology; his relationship to Carl Ritter and Alexander von Humboldt; and the significance of ‘territory’ in his political philosophy. It highlights the ambiguity that characterized Hegel's thinking about geography, especially in his discussion of climate's influence on humans. It also challenges Henri Lefebvre's reading of Hegel's view on the state's relationship to territory. Finally, it suggests that Hegel's conceptions of nature, space, and geography mattered not only for his philosophies of history, nature, and subjective spirit, but for his understanding of modernity's geographies as well.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Volume

32

Issue

1

Pages

179 - 198

Citation

BOND, D.W., 2014. Hegel's geographical thought. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32 (1), pp.179-198.

Publisher

SAGE Publications © Pion

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

25/02/2013

Publication date

2014

Notes

D.W. Bond, Hegel's geographical thought, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32 (1), pp. 179-198. Copyright © 2014 (Pion). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

ISSN

0263-7758

eISSN

1472-3433

Language

en