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Philosophy and the City


The definitive source book on philosophy and the city.

About the Author

Sharon M. Meagher is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Scranton. She is the coeditor (with Patrice DiQuinzio) of Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Public Policy, also published by SUNY Press.


“One major achievement of Meagher’s anthology Philosophy and the City is, then, simply to reassert the case that while ‘the social sciences have contributed much to the analysis of urban problems, philosophy can and should take a more explicit role again.'” – CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action “…it certainly does deliver an interesting collection of extracts that read well and solidly.” – Urban Studies Journal “In this book, Meagher takes the reader through the history of the relationship between philosophy and the city. It provides food for thought for those practitioners, academics or students who would like to view urban issues from a different perspective.” – European Urban Knowledge Network “Meagher offers suggestions on how to use her book in courses on philosophy and the city, and her book promises to be a useful tool in such courses.” – Library Journal “Cities matter. Philosophy matters. In this groundbreaking anthology, Sharon Meagher brings together for the first time a rich collection of readings on the nature and importance of urban life. In so doing, she provides a unique opportunity for students new to philosophy to discover the nature and importance of philosophical reflection as they engage in inquiry about a topic that is central to their lives. At the same time, Meagher offers a valuable resource for seasoned philosophers and for anyone who cares passionately about our cities and about those who live in them.” – Sean P. O’Connell, author of Outspeak: Narrating Identities That Matter “Meagher’s perceptive anthology asserts the power and value of reconnecting philosophy and urban issues, a timely association as people worldwide grapple with how, and why, to address civic engagement.” – Diane Favro, author of The Urban Image of Augustan Rome “Sharon Meagher’s collection provides us with a much-needed compendium of the scattered sources that consider the city from a broad philosophical vantage point. Cities are not just collections of buildings and people; they are also value-laden manifestations of social relations. This book offers a spectrum of insights that assist us in understanding these complex relationships.” – Susan S. Fainstein, coeditor of Cities and Visitors: Regulating People, Markets, and City Space