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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Space, Time, and Touch

Space, Time, and Touch

Philosophical Dimensions of Urban Consciousness

(p.185) Chapter Nine Space, Time, and Touch
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the philosophical dimensions of urban experience and consciousness in America. It explains the difference between the concepts of consciousness-raising and coming-to-consciousness, and suggests that urban consciousness in America is usually second-hand consciousness, derived from a defensive attitude and lacking in deeply rooted patterns of pride, responsibility and distinctive sensibility. This situation poses several concerns including the absence of an articulated urban aesthetic and the bizarre domination of a high-culture aesthetic though which cities become known and evaluated by their monuments, museums and other replications of an aesthetic past.

Keywords:   urban experience, urban consciousness, philosophy, America, aesthetics, culture, essay

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