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The Changing Faces of Space

  • Maria Teresa Catena
  • Felice Masi
  • Offers a comprehensive report on the concept and role of space

  • Describes historical changes that have modified the notions of space

  • Discusses the relationship between geometry and experience, anthropology, biology, psychology and space

  • Discusses the relationship between spatial concepts and natural sciences

  • Discusses the relationship between arts and representations of space


Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. The Space of Arts

  2. Back Matter
    Pages 319-327

About this book


This book focuses on various concepts of space and their historical evolution. In particular, it examines the variations that have modified the notions of place, orientation, distance, vacuum, limit, bound and boundary, form and figure, continuity and contingence, in order to show how spatial characteristics are decisive in a range of contexts: in the determination and comprehension of exteriority; in individuation and identification; in defining the meaning of nature and of the natural sciences; in aesthetical formations and representations; in determining the relationship between experience, behavior and environment; and in the construction of mental and social subjectivity.  Accordingly, the book offers a comprehensive review of concepts of space as formulated by Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Einstein, Heisenberg, Penrose and Thorne, subsequently comparing them to notions developed more recently, in the current age, which Foucault dubbed the age of space.  The book is divided into four distinct yet deeply interconnected parts, which explore the space of life, the space of experience, the space of science and the space of the arts. 


Philosophy of Geometry Philosophy of Space Spatial Notions Spatial Representations Intuitive Space Anthropological, Psychological and Biological Spatiality Space in Physics Space of Arts

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Teresa Catena
    • 1
  • Felice Masi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.University of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Changing Faces of Space
  • Editors Maria Teresa Catena
    Felice Masi
  • Series Title Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Applied Philosophy, Epistemology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-66910-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88342-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66911-3
  • Series ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-6263
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 327
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Social Anthropology
    Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Science