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Interpreting NatureThe Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics$
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Forrest Clingerman, Brian Treanor, Martin Drenthen, and David Utsler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254255

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254255.001.0001

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The Betweenness of Monuments

The Betweenness of Monuments

(p.264) Chapter 13 The Betweenness of Monuments
Interpreting Nature

Janet Donohoe

Fordham University Press

Environments are not merely “natural”; built environments where we live, work, and bring up children are equally environments. Through a reflection on monuments, this essay shows that understanding what we are doing in our built environments is a necessary pre-condition for conceiving how built environments overlap and conflict with natural environments. Building on the work of Martin Heidegger and Paul Ricoeur, the author demonstrates that monuments are elements of the built environment that are not to be revered and unassailably preserved, but that are living elements of our temporality, historicity, and broader environment. A hermeneutic approach repositions monuments showing that while they do transmit a tradition, they exist in the tension between the presence of the past and the presence of the future, between memory and history, testimony and archive, between one and another, and between nature and built environment.

Keywords:   Archive, Monuments, Memory, Eternality, Historicality, Narrative, Ricoeur, Paul, Heidegger, Martin, Philosophical hermeneutics, Built environments

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