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Abysmal: A Critique of Cartographic Reason

Gunnar Olsson


People rely on reason to think about and navigate the abstract world of human relations in much the same way they rely on maps to study and traverse the physical world. Starting from that simple observation, this book offers a critique of the way human thought and action have become deeply immersed in the rhetoric of cartography and how this cartographic reasoning allows the powerful to map out other people's lives. Comprising a reading of Western philosophy, religion, and mythology that draws on early maps and atlases; Plato, Immanuel Kant, and Ludwig Wittgenstein; and Thomas Pynchon, Gilgame ... More

Keywords: maps, human thought, cartography, cartographic reasoning, philosophy, religion, mythology, atlases, Plato, Immanuel Kant

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226629308
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226629322.001.0001


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Gunnar Olsson, author

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