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Environmental &

Vol. 31 ▪ No. 1 ISSN 1083–9194 Winter/Spring ▪ 2020

his EAP begins 31 years of pub- In addition, we feature two “book notes” Below: Drawings from Wolfgang Schad’s
lication and includes “items of describing important work relating to Goe- Understanding Mammals of the mountain
interest” and “citations re- the’s phenomenology of color—first, an or snow hare, in its summer coat, left; and
ceived.” We offer an “in memo- edited collection of writings by the late art- winter coat, right. Schad writes: “Moun-
riam” for space-syntax theorist Bill Hill- ist and photographer Michael Wilson; sec- tain or snow hares (Lepus timidus) are no-
ier, who died in London in November at ond, an exhibition catalogue, Experience ticeably smaller than brown hares but
the age of 82. Hillier’s work is essential for Colour, edited by Goethean researcher larger than wild rabbits. They often sit up
understanding and making robust places. Troy Vine and including hands-on demon- on their disproportionately large hind legs,
A major focus of this EAP issue is Goe- strations of such color phenomena as after- and their ears are usually upright and
thean science, as we include the fourth and images, colored shadows, and prismatic alert. Whereas brown hares are often soli-
final part of a 1999 conference presenta- colors—all key topics in Goethe’s 1810 tary, mountain hares prefer to live in
tion on Goethe’s way of understanding by Theory of Color. groups. Rather than hopping along, moun-
the late philosopher Henri Bortoft. In this We also include a “book note” on soci- tain hares generally jump short distances,
entry, Bortoft discusses the eye-opening ologist Michael Hviid Jacobsen’s En- even when moving slowly. Nevertheless,
work of biologist Wolfgang Schad, who countering the Everyday: An Introduction they are not able to sprint as fast as brown
uses Goethean method to understand the to the Sociology of the Unnoticed; and es- hares. They dig short tunnels, but these are
lived worlds of animals. Coincidentally, a says by writer David Ferlic and anthropol- not as extensive as rabbit burrows. Moun-
new, expanded edition of Schad’s remark- ogist Kevin Browne. We end with psy- tain hares are crepuscular (i.e., active at
able Understanding Mammals has just chologist Akihiro Yoshida’s Japanese twilight) [and] seek nourishment in the
been published, and we feature this work translation of the “twenty-three definitions early morning or late evening hours”
in a “book note” and commentary by ecol- of phenomenology,” originally published (from Schad, vol. 2, pp. 928–29; drawings:
ogist Craig Holdrege. in the 2019 summer/fall issue of EAP. P. Barruel and F. Murr).
Methodology.” Keynote speakers are phi-
Items of interest losopher Dan Zahavi and psychologist Books on atmosphere
The 12 -annual conference of the Archi- Amedeo Giorgi. In the last several years, the phenome-
tecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum non of atmosphere has become a prom-
(ACSF) takes place at Frank Lloyd The 59th annual meeting of the Society for inent topic in phenomenological and
Wright’s Fallingwater in Bear Run, Penn- Phenomenology and Existential Philoso- related research. Here, we provide a
sylvania, May 27–31, 2020. The confer- phy (SPEP) will be held in Toronto, On- list of seven recent books on the topic.
ence theme is “Practices Toward a Future,” tario, at the Hilton Toronto, October 8–10, Two prominent figures in the field are
though papers and proposals relating to 2020. Papers from diverse philosophical German philosophers Gernot Böhme
other topics are also considered. Keynote perspectives in all areas of continental phi- and Hermann Schmitz; note entries
speakers are architectural historian Anat losophy are welcome. Meeting conjointly by these two thinkers in the list below.
Geva, filmmaker Brent Green, and archi- with SPEP are two other groups supporting
tectural theorist David Leatherbarrow. phenomenological research: The Society Gernot Böhme, 2017. The
Established in 2007, ACSF provides an in- for Phenomenology and the Human Sci- Aesthetics of Atmospheres
ternational forum for scholarship, educa- ences (SPHS) and the International Asso- (Jean-Paul Thibaud, ed.).
tion, practice, and advocacy regarding the ciation of Environmental Philosophy
(IAEP).;; www.en-
London: Routledge.
cultural and spiritual significance of the
built environment. The forum’s central as-
This German philosopher has played a
sumption is that design and experience of major role in facilitating academic and
the built environment can assist the spir-
itual development of humanity in service
Psychology of religion and professional interest in “atmosphere,”
which he defines most simply as
of addressing the world’s most pressing is- place “tuned space.” This collection includes
sues. Editors Victor Counted and Fraser 21 articles by Böhme published over
Watts have just published The Psy- the past 25 years and “maps out a huge
The Back to the Things Themselves! chology of Religion and Place: range of questions, themes, and fields
(BTTTT!) conference takes place at the Emerging Perspectives (London: Pal- covered by the idea of atmosphere.”
University of Western Ontario in London, The articles are arranged thematically
grave Macmillan, 2019), a collection
Ontario May 30–June 5, 2020. in four parts: “Theory: Aesthetics and
of 16 chapters examining the complex
relationship between places, spiritual- aesthetical economy”; “Aesthetics of
The 57th annual International Making
nature and art”; “Architecture”; and
Cities Livable conference takes place in ity, and sacredness. Chapter titles in-
“Light and sound.”
Carmel, Indiana, USA, June 2–6, 2020. clude “Sacred Places: The Presence of
The conference theme is “From Sprawl to the Past” (Rupert Sheldrake); “Reli- Gernot Böhme, 2019. At-
Neighborhoods: Livable Cities and Sub- gion, Place, and Attachment: An Eval-
urbs for All.” mospheric Architectures
uation of Conceptual Frameworks”
(Victor Counted); “Embodied Spirit-
(A.-Chr. Engels-Schwarz-
The 39th annual International Human paul, ed.). London:
Science Research conference (IHSR) will uality Following Disaster: Exploring
the Intersections of Religious and Bloomsbury.
be held at New York City’s Pace College,
Place Attachment in Resilience and Volume editor and translator A.-Chr.
June 12–15, 2020. The conference theme is
Meaning Making” (Laura E. Captari, Engels-Schwarzpaul explains in her in-
“Building Bridges: State of the Science.”
Joshua N. Hook, Jamie D. Aten, Ed- troduction that atmospheres as under-
The central focus is the variety of theoreti-
stood by Böhme reflects “the relation-
cal and methodological approaches in phe- ward B. Davis, and Theresa Clement
ships of many elements in an enfolded,
nomenology and their impact on practical Tisdale); “Mapping the Visible and In- expansive space” and are “dynamic,
and conceptual understanding. The contact visible Topographies of Place and diffused and pre- and inter-subjective,
person is Dr. Eileen C. Engelke; Landscape through Sacred Mobilities” spatial carriers of mood and suffused Additional information is (Avril Maddrell); “Glimpses of a with emotional power.” This volume is
available at the IHRS website: file:///C:/Us-
Place Spirituality in American said to “bring together Böhme’s most
dows/INetCache/Content.Out- Filmmaker John Sayles’ Limbo: Au- seminal writings on the subject,
look/QAXIZP4G/2019%20ISHR%20Newsletter.pdf thenticity, Inauthenticity, and Modes of through classic books and articles,
. Place Engagement” (David Seamon); many of which have hitherto only been
The annual conference of the Interdisci- and “Religion, Well-being, and Thera- available in German.”
plinary Coalition of North American peutic Landscape” (Boadi Agyekum).
Phenomenologists (ICNAP) takes place cont. next page →
June 11–13, 2020 at Pittsburgh’s Du-
quesne University. The conference theme
is “Interdisciplinary Phenomenological

Tonino Griffero and Giam- Andreas Rauh, 2019. Con- Wolf suggests how atmospheres can be
piero Moretti, eds., 2018. cerning Astonishing At- actively altered to improve learning.”
Atmosphere/Atmospheres: mospheres. Milan: Mimesis
Testing a New Paradigm. International. Defining atmosphere
Milan: Mimesis Interna- Atmosphere is what relates objective
“Atmospheres are omnipresent and factors and constellations of the envi-
tional. they are frequently highlighted in eve- ronment with my bodily feeling in that
This philosopher and comparative-lit- ryday language. Yet, when do we per- environment. This means: atmosphere
erature scholar define atmosphere as “a ceive atmospheres and how can we ex- is what is in between, what mediates
sensorial and affective quality wide- plore them? The concept of atmos- the two sides… and can therefore be
spread in space.” Their edited collec- phere extends aesthetics to aisthesis approached in two different ways: ei-
tion’s nine chapters examine the topic and conceives of perception as a rela- ther from a perception aesthetics or a
via a wide range of themes. Chapter ti- tion bound to the present and with re- production aesthetics viewpoint.
tles include: “Atmospheres of and in gard to others. In this context, the Atmospheres are quasi-objective,
Geography” (L. D’Allessandro, R. astonishing atmosphere is identified as namely, they are out there; you can en-
Sommella, and L. Viganoni); “Tech- a watershed moment when the object ter an atmosphere, and you can be sur-
nosocial Atmospheres: Migration, In- of perception becomes the object of prisingly caught by an atmosphere. But
stitutional Racism, and Twitter” (A. discourse.” on the other hand, atmospheres are not
Del Guercio, M. Anna Di Palma, and beings like things; they are nothing
T. Terranova); “Economic Atmos- Hermann Schmitz, 2019. without a subject feeling them. They
pheres” (A. di Maio and S. Ercolano); New Phenomenology: A are subjective facts in the sense of Her-
“Something More: Atmospheres and Brief Introduction (trans. mann Schmitz: to talk about atmos-
Pathic Aesthetics” (T. Griffero); Rudolf Own Müllan & intro- pheres, you must characterize them by
“Some Notes on Atmospheres and Fi- duced by Tonino Griffero). the way they affect you. They tend to
nancial Markets” (A. Lopes and L. bring you into a certain mood and the
Gaeta); and “North American Atmos- Milan: Mimesis Interna- way you name them is by the character
phere (Canada, Alaska, Greenland): tional. of that mood. The atmosphere of a
Ecumene and Nordicity in Canada, Cli- room may be oppressive, the atmos-
mate Change and Geostrategies in the German philosopher Hermann phere of a valley may be joyful.
Far and Extreme North” (R. G. Schmitz is the founder of a conceptual But on the other side, you can argue
Maury). This book is the third in the approach he has labelled the “new phe- about atmospheres, and you even can
Mimesis series, “Atmospheric Spaces,” nomenology.” From the introduction: agree with others about what sort of at-
coordinated by Tonino Griffero. “Schmitz has developed his phenome- mosphere is present in a certain room
nological insights in 20 volumes of or landscape. Thus atmospheres are
Tomino Griffero and Marco writings, accompanied by 13 related quasi-objective or something existent
books on the history of philosophy and intersubjectively.
Tedeschini, 2019. Atmos- the history of ideas.” The book in- But as mentioned, you can approach
phere and Aesthetics: A cludes discussion of “atmosphere,” the phenomenon of atmospheres not
Plural Perspective. Cham, which Schmitz defines as “the un- only from the side of perception aes-
Switzerland: Springer. bounded occupation of a surfaceless thetics but also from that of produc-
space in the region of what is experi- tions theory and practice of atmos-
Chapters include Tonino Griffero’s enced as present.” pheres: you can learn from a stage de-
“Is there such a Thing as an “Atmos- signer what means are necessary to
pheric Turn”? Hermann Schmitz’s Barbara Wolf, 2019. Atmos- produce a certain climate or atmos-
“Atmospheric Spaces”; Lorenzo pheres of Learning. Milan: phere on the stage: what colors, ob-
Marinucci’s “Japanese Atmospheres”; Mimesis International. jects, signs should be used, and in what
Juhani Pallasmaa’s “The Atmos- way should the space of the stage itself
pheric Sense: Peripheral Perception “An atmosphere bears an effect wher- be arranged.
and the Experience of Space”; David ever it is perceptible by human beings, The art of stage setting again proves
Seamon’s “Atmosphere, Place, and including situations in educational in- that atmospheres are something quasi-
Phenomenology: Depictions of London stitutions. Due to their efficacious po- objective. Namely, if each member of
Place Setting in Three Writings by tential, atmospheres can exude an in- the audience were to perceive the cli-
British-African Novelist Doris Les- fluence that enhances or weakens, en- mate of the stage in a different way,
sing”; Jean-Paul Thibaud’s “The courages or inhibits children in their the whole endeavor of stage setting
Lesser Existence of Ambience”; and development. This book considers var- would be useless (Böhme 2017, pp. 1–
Michael Hauskeller and Tom Rice’s ious kinds of atmospheres that typi- 2).
“The Atmospheric Design of Zoos.” cally emerge in pedagogical contexts.

iarization” of the taken-for-granted life- equivalents), marriage and other enduring
Citations received world, including the breakdown of con- relationships as well as the mobilities asso-
Erik Bormanis, 2019. Spaces stancy (people’s taken-for-granted as- ciated with bereavement and loss.”
sumption that their lifeworlds will remain
of Belonging and the Precari- Maria Francesca Piazzoni,
relatively stable over time) and shifts in
ousness of Home. Puncta, typicality (the taken-for-granted ways in 2018. The Real Fake: Authen-
vol. 2, no. 1, pp.19–32. which people define and master lifeworld ticity and the Production of
actions and needs).
This philosopher writes that “Personal Gros argues that current feelings of dis- Space. NY: Fordham Univ.
ownership of one’s housing… is becoming orientation are propelled “by a process of Press.
a luxury and not a necessity and is becom- defamiliarization of the lifeworld that fol-
ing increasingly unlikely… for those who lows from its relentless dynamization…. This architect examines “how the users of
do not have the means to afford down pay- [I]ndividuals do not have enough time at Thames Town—an English-like village
ments or finance mortgages on increas- their disposal for learning the skills needed built in China’s Songjiang New Town near
ingly inflated property prices. Such precar- for dealing with novel things, events, and Shanghai—negotiate the notion of authen-
iousness… is precipitated and even made situations that emerge every day…. Fur- ticity through their everyday social and
possible by a certain tacit (though some- thermore, the fluidification of social spatial practices.” Piazzoni argues that
times overt) understanding of what hous- groups, milieus, and institutions taking “authenticity underlies the social and phys-
ing is, specifically, the notion that housing place in accelerating societies aggravate ical production of space through both top-
is not a fundamental condition of human the problem, insofar as [this fluidification] down and bottom-up dynamics.” The au-
life related to our being “at home” in the destabilizes and undermines socialization thor portrays Thames Town as “many
world, but a commodity to be bought and processes.” places at once: a successful tourist destina-
sold on the free market, “real estate,” or, as tion, an affluent residential cluster, a city
is increasing common, a major financial of migrant workers, and a ghost town.” She
Harry Francis Mallgrave,
“investment…. demonstrates how “people negotiate a
“[I contend] this understanding of hous-
2018. From Object to Experi- sense of authenticity in an explicitly ‘fake
ing as commodity and investment is com- ence: The New Culture of Ar- environment” and suggests that “it is pre-
plicit in creating a world where fewer and chitectural Design. London: cisely the experience of ‘fakeness’ that al-
fewer people have adequate housing in the Bloomsbury. lows Thames Town’s users to develop a
very concrete sense of having a shelter that sense of place.”
will guarantee a minimal level of stability Integrating architectural theory and recent
for the foreseeable future; furthermore, developments in neuroscience, this archi- Edward Relph, 2020. Land-
that the lack of such housing and the way tectural theorist emphasizes the “emotional scape as a Language without
its distribution is organized forecloses the and aesthetic responses” of design and “the Words. In S. Brunn and R.
more general possibility of feeling situated sense of homeostatic wellbeing of those
Kehrein, eds., Handbook of
or ‘feeling at home’ in the world at all.” who will occupy any designed environ-
ment.” Includes a chapter on “the atmos- the Changing World Lan-
Alexis E. Gros, 2019. The Dy- phere of place.” guage Map. Cham, Switzer-
namization and Defamiliariza- land: Springer.
tion of the Lifeworld: Phe- Lynne Pearce, 2019. Mobility,
Memory and the Lifecourse in This geographer argues that “from the per-
nomenological Reflections spective of everyday experience, land-
on the disorienting Effects of Twentieth-Century Literature
scape is like a sign language that has to be
Social Acceleration. In R. and Culture. London: Pal- constantly deciphered merely to find our
Rizo Patrón de Lerner, ed., grave MacMillan. way around. But the usual idea of land-
scape is that it is a backdrop to life that can
Methods and Problems: Cur- This scholar of literature examines how be regarded or analyzed with detachment,
rent Phenomenological Per- mobility contributes to interpersonal rela- and it is from this perspective that it has
spectives and Research. tionships, including courtship, bereave- been argued that landscape can be read like
Lima Peru: Fondon Editorial ment, and mid-age experiences. “How,” a book that provides clues to history and
asks Pearce, “could there be relationships, culture.”
PUCP. if people did not come and go?” The author Relph “considers the idea that landscape
This social theorist draws partly on phe- writes: “Working with autobiographical, is language and reviews suggestions by ge-
nomenologist Alfred Schutz’s work to non-fiction and literary texts from the ographers and others about ways to read
consider today’s rapidity of societal twentieth century, [I investigate] the foun- landscape and to understand its grammar.
change—”a progressive acceleration in the dational significance of mobility in inter- The idea of landscape has coincided with
‘pace of life’.” He speaks of the “defamil- personal relationships of various kinds, the so-called mechanical age of print and
and at different stages of the lifecourse:
this includes courtship (and its modern-day

rationalism that has prevailed for four cen- to “painful and obtrusive moods demand- James Wentling, 2017. De-
turies and is now being displaced by elec- ing attention and making it hard or impos- signing a Place Called Home.
tronic communications and social media sible for the afflicted person to carry out
that favor feeling and participation over everyday actions and projects.” Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
contemplation and careful reading. A con- Svenaeus’ central argument is that
sequence of this displacement is that the “health is a homelike being-in-the-world in This British architect discusses a range of
language of landscape is shifting from opposition to the unhomelikeness of ill- design possibilities whereby “we can build
something that was once reasonably coher- ness.” In this article, he begins with a help- neighborhoods and communities where
ent and decipherable to something that is ful overview of a phenomenology of health residents feel more connected to their
increasingly heterotopic and constantly and illness (which he labels PHI) and then homes and to one another.” The author re-
changing and requires new ways of under- responds to two contrasting conceptual cri- views “prototypical American housing de-
standing.” tiques: first, naturalistic criticism (the med- sign and then suggests ways to both learn
icalization of health and illness); second, from the past as well as adapt for new en-
Kerstin Schmidt and Julia Is- Nietzschean (the possibility that illness can vironmental imperatives, demographic
in some cases make the sufferer a stronger changes, and lifestyle needs.” Chapter
abel Faisst, 2018. Picturing headings include “Housing yesterday,”
America: Photography and and better person).
“Housing today,” “Community planning
the Sense of Place. Leiden, Laura Tate and Brettany and design,” “Siting and lot patterns,”
the Netherlands: Brill/Rodopi. “Floor plans and building image,” “Interior
Shannon, eds., 2019. Plan- details,” “Exterior details,” “Multifamily
The chapters in this edited volume aim to ning for Authentic Cities. housing,” “Manufactured housing,” and
demonstrate that “photography is a preva- London: Routledge. “Toward more sustainable homes and
lent practice of making American places. community.”
[These chapters] epitomize not only how These urban planners write that “in a world
pictures situate us in a specific place, but where change is unrelenting, people long Stephen Zavestoski and Jul-
also how they create a sense of such muta- for authentic places. This book examines
the reasons for and responses to this long-
ian Agyeman, eds., 2015. In-
ble place-worlds. Understanding photo-
graphs as prime sites of knowledge pro- ing, considering the role of community de- complete Streets: Processes,
duction and advocates of socio-political velopment in addressing community and Practices, and Possibilities.
transformations, a transnational set neighborhood authenticity.” The eighteen NY: Routledge.
of scholars reveals how images enact both chapters include Vikas Mehta’s “Neigh-
our perception and conception of Ameri- bourhood Authenticity and Sense of These16 chapters work to extend the con-
can environments. They investigate the Place”; Na Matsumoto’s “Negotiating Di- cept of “complete streets”—an urban-plan-
power photography yields in shaping our versity: The Transitioning Greektown of ning approach that moves away from an
ideas of self, nation, and empire, of private Baltimore City, Maryland”; and Leslie “auto-normative paradigm” to provide safe
and public space, through urban, land- Shieh and Jessican Chaen’s “Chinatown, access and mobility to all users, including
scape, wasteland, and portrait photog- not Coffeetown: Authenticity and Place- pedestrians and cyclists. Chapter titles in-
raphy.” making in Vancouver’s Chinatown.” clude: “Urban Spatial Mobility in the Age
of Sustainability” (Themis Chronopou-
Fredrik Svenaeus, 2019. A Roger Tyrrell, 2018. Aalto, los); “The Street as Ecology” (Vikas Me-
Defense of the Phenomeno- Utzon, Fehn: Three Para- hta); “‘One Day the White People Are Go-
logical Account of Health and digms of Phenomenological ing to Want These Houses Again’: Under-
Architecture. London: standing Gentrification through the North
Illness. Journal of Medicine Oakland Farmer’s Market” (Josh Cadji
and Philosophy, vol. 44, pp. Routledge. and Alison Hope Alkon); and “The Poli-
459–478. This architectural theorist draws on the tics of Sustainability: Contested Urban
work of three important Nordic archi- Bikeway Development in Portland, Ore-
Philosopher Fredrik Svenaeus is a major gon” (Thaddeus R. Miller and Amy Lu-
researcher in the “phenomenology of ill- tects—Alvar Aalto, Jorn Utzon, and Sverre
Fehn—to consider aspects of architectural bitow).
ness and health.” The latter he interprets as
“a form of homelike, silent harmony that experience and to argue that one can find
recedes to the background of a person's be- design commonalities in their work.
ing-in-the-world,” whereas illness relates

In Memoriam: Bill Hillier (1937–2019)

rchitectural theorist Bill Hill-
ier died in London on Novem-
ber 5, 2019, at the age of 82.
Working with architect Ju-
lienne Hanson, Hillier developed a sig-
nificant environment-behavior theory
known as space syntax, which demon-
strates that the spatial arrangement of
pathways—whether roads, streets, side-
walks, building corridors, or other spaces
of movement—play a major role in
whether those pathways are well-used
and animated or empty and lifeless. This
theory was first laid out in Hillier and
Hanson’s seminal The Social Logic of
Space, published in 1984 and demonstrat-
ing convincingly that different pathway
configurations can bring users together
spatially or keep them apart.
One crucial question for our time is un-
derstanding the ways in which the physi-
cal and spatial environment supports or said, but of course I admired him hugely line strikes a building, wall, or some other
stymies human life and wellbeing. Hill- for what he had been able to “see,” iden- material object.
ier’s work is central for answering this tify, and describe. As five of us were driv- Axial lines are significant phenomeno-
question because he and Hanson actually ing in a tiny car to visit Turkey’s “cave logically for at least two reasons. First, be-
located something real: the lived inti- city” of Cappadocia, the topic of the title cause they indicate the farthest point of
macy between pathway configuration and of Bill’s Space Is the Machine was men- sight from where one happens to be, axial
degree of users’ co-presence, co-aware- tioned. I said, “You really chose a poor ti- lines speak to the lived relationship be-
ness, and co-encounter. tle for a remarkable book.” His wife tween “here” and “there” and thus, at the
I only met Bill Hillier once, but I did Sheila laughed and quickly spoke up, settlement scale, have bearing on environ-
have the pleasure of spending three days “See, Bill, I told you it was a bad title. Fi- mental orientation and finding one’s way in
with him because we were both in Istan- nally, somebody’s telling the truth!” a place.
bul, Turkey, for the sixth international Bill chuckled at our glee and explained Second, because they collectively delin-
space syntax symposium held at the Istan- that the book’s title was suggested by one eate the spatial system through which the
bul Technological University. I was in- of his graduate students as a means to various parts of a place are connected by
vited to the conference as a keynote highlight the spatial environment as the pedestrian and vehicular circulation, a set-
speaker, after which Hillier and I trav- central engine of place robustness. tlement’s web of axial lines provides a sim-
elled to Ankara to give a set of joint lec- Though I still think the book could have plified rendition of the potential movement
tures for the School of Architecture at been better titled, I do believe that space field of a place. Hillier’s important discov-
Middle East Technical University. syntax is one of the few real theories that ery is that differently configured pathway
Bill was one of the sharpest people I has come out of the social and design sci- webs play a major role in generating differ-
have ever met, and we had a series of ences in the last fifty years [1]. ent patterns of pathway movement and
arousing discussions on the phenomeno- Why do I say that? One central space- face-to-face encounter among pedestrians
logical possibilities offered by his work. I syntax concept is axial space, which relates and other users.
remember Bill’s saying that few people to the one-dimensional qualities of a path- An important quantitative measure of
really understood the promise of space way and has bearing on human movement axial spaces and pathway webs is
syntax. Then, in his next sentence, I was throughout a building, town, or city as a integration, which Hillier defined as an
flattered because he said, “David, you’re whole. Axial spaces are illustrated most index of the relative degree of
one of the few.” perfectly by long narrow streets and are connectedness that an axial space has in
I was flabbergasted and humbled be- represented geometrically by the longest relation to all other axial spaces in a
cause, here I was, the phenomenologist; straight line that can be drawn through a pathway system. The assumption is that a
and there he was, the analytic scientist. I street or other movement space before that pathway connected to many other
felt honored that he would say what he pathways will be more travelled because

users will need to traverse that pathway to twentieth-century urban design and In terms of place making, space syntax is
get to other pathways and destinations in planning regularly replaced integrated crucial because it demonstrates how one as-
the town or city. pathway configurations with treelike pect of the designable environment—its
Such a pathway is said to be strongly systems of segregated pathways that spatial and topological features—plays a
integrated in the movement field because stymied or destroyed the intimate pivotal role in the movements of people-in-
many other pathways run into that well- relationship between local and global place and therefore contributes to that
connected pathway and potentially integration and thereby eliminated much place’s degree of “life” in terms of whether
provide a large pool of users. In contrast, face-to-face interaction—for example, the users are drawn together intercorporeally
a segregated pathway has few or no other “cul-de-sac and loop” pattern of low- or kept apart.
pathways running into it—for example, a density, automobile-dependent suburbs or Space syntax offers a superlative exam-
dead-end street. All other things being the hierarchical circulation layouts of many ple of how environmental spatiality and
equal, a segregated pathway will be the modernist housing estates. materiality—though in one sense inert and
locus of less movement, since it serves a From the perspective of a phenomenol- passive—can actively contribute to making
more limited number of users in its ogy of place, what is striking about space day-to-day human worlds one way rather
immediate vicinity only [see London’s syntax is that it offers a descriptive vehi- than another. Hillier was able to demon-
axial map, p. 9]. cle for envisioning how the pathway net- strate conclusively that the physicality of
Through integration and other work of a place works to facilitate or in- place, via pathway structure, prearranges a
quantitative measures, Hillier developed a hibit movement patterns throughout that spatial field, the nature of which has central
compelling understanding of the global place. In spite of its objectivist frame- bearing on the relative amount of human
pattern of a place—in other words, the way work, space syntax gathers and holds to- movement and co-presence in that place.
the spatial configuration of a place’s gether the parts of place that sustain tra- In Hillier’s memory, we reproduce por-
pathway fabric as a whole lays out a versals within that place. tions of his Space Is the Machine (Hillier,
potential movement field that gathers or This integral togetherness is possible 1996) and a chapter he wrote for an edited
separates co-presence. because understanding is grounded in the collection on urban design (Hillier, 2008).
Natural movement is the term Hillier underlying topological constitution of the
used to describe the potential power of a pathway structure as a whole—the way —David Seamon
pathway network to automatically stymie that a pathway is more or less enmeshed
or facilitate movement and the face-to-face topologically in the place’s overall path- Note
1. Portions of the following are drawn from Seamon
interactions of pedestrians and other place way configuration and, thus, potentially, 2018, pp. 145–47.
users. With many people present involved supports much or little human movement
in their own regular routines and activities, along that pathway. Each line of traversal, References
the result typically is animated pathways in other words, is not interpreted as a sep- Hillier, B., 1996. Space is the Machine. Cam-
and exuberant local places. Hillier arate, disassociated pathway piece but as bridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Hillier, B., 2008. The New Science and the Art of
recognized that other place elements like an integrated, continuous thread of the Place. In T. Haas, ed. New Urbanism and Beyond
density, building types, and number, size, larger pathway fabric. As Hillier (2008, p. (pp. 30–39). NY: Rizzoli.
and range of functions and land uses also 30) explained, “The configuration of the Hillier, B. and Hanson, J., 1984. The Social
contribute to place vitality, but he argued space network is, in and of itself, a pri- Logic of Space. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
that, ultimately, pathway configuration is mary shaper of the pattern of movement.” Malpas, J.E., 2006. Heidegger’s Topology. Cam-
bridge, MA: MIT Press.
most primary and most crucial (Hillier The key phrase here is “in and of it- Seamon, D., 2018. Life Takes Place. London:
1996, p. 161). self,” which intimates the inherent whole- Routledge.
In relation to cities, Hillier demonstrated ness of the pathway structure. In this
that most urban pathway systems have sense, space syntax offers a synergistic
traditionally been an integrated, portrait of the potential pathway-move- The local structure of space
interconnected fabric of variously-scaled ment dynamic of a place, and this portrait The following passage is from Hill-
deformed grids—pathway systems in arises, not analytically (from the summa- ier’s Space Is the Machine and incor-
which the most active, integrated streets tion of empirical movement data for each porates what Hillier calls a “thought
make a shape that roughly suggests a wheel pathway) but synergistically from the experiment” in which he hypotheti-
of rim, hub, and spokes. Typically, each of very structure of the pathway configura- cally reconstructs the typical pedes-
these deformed grids is associated with tion itself as pictured quantitatively. Via trian experience for an individual X
some designated neighborhood or measurement, space syntax provides a de- who lives on an ordinary London
district—for example, London’s Soho, scriptive means to identify and evaluate a working-class street vs. another indi-
West End, or City. web of continuous, intertwined pathways vidual Y who lives in a modernist
In turn, the integrated pathway structure “that are themselves mutually defined housing estate on a short upper walk-
of these districts conjoin to shape a much only through the way in which they are way remote from a public street.
larger deformed grid that founds the gathered together within the place they Imagine an individual, X, living on an
movement dynamic of the city and London also constitute” (Malpas, 2006, p. 29). ordinary London street. It is midday.
region as a whole. Hillier pointed out that

X comes out of his or her front door. of the presence of people has A fundamental urban relation
A stranger is about to pass by the changed. Why should the network of space pre-
door. Another is slightly farther away These two changes are strictly re- occupy us to the point where we seek
but will also pass the door shortly. A lated to each other. Changes in spatial to make it the centerpiece of theory?
third is passing in the opposite direc- configuration produce, quite system- The answer is that syntactic studies of
tion on the other side of the street. atically, different natural patterns of cities as networks of space have, in
In these circumstances, the presence presence and co-presence of people. recent years, brought to light a funda-
of strangers seems natural. X even People know this and make inferences mental link between the form of cities
finds it reassuring. Certainly, X does about people from the configuration and their functioning, one which af-
not approach the person passing the of the environment. An environment’s fects our whole approach to the city:
door and ask what he or she is doing configuration therefore creates a pat- the configuration of the space net-
here. If X did this, others would think tern of normal expectation about peo- work is, in and of itself, a primary
X’s behavior odd, even threatening. ple. These expectations guide our be- shaper of the pattern of movement.
Unless there were special circum- havior. Where they are violated, we This is not simply a technical ob-
stances, someone might even send for are uncomfortable and behave accord- servation. In shaping movement,
the police if X persisted. ingly. What is environmentally nor- space also shapes the pattern of hu-
Now consider Y, who lives on a mal in one circumstance is unex- man copresence—and of course coab-
short upper-level walkway remote pected in another…. sence—that seem to be the key to our
from the public street within a Lon- The behavioral difference we have sense that good cities are human and
don housing estate. Like X, Y comes noted is therefore environmentally in- social, as well as physical, things.
out of his or her front door and looks duced, not directly, but via the rela- This effect arises not from the proper-
down the walkway. Suddenly a tion between configurational facts and ties of the individual spaces, or even
stranger appears round the corner in configuration expectations. from the local connections, but from
exactly the same position relative to One effect of this is that it can in- the whole configuration of the net-
Y’s doorway as in the previous case duce environmental fear, often to a work at a nonlocal scale.
the stranger was to X’s. greater degree than is justified by the The implication is that the large-
Due to the local structure of the facts of crime, because it takes the scale architecture of the urban spatial
space [marked by much shorter path- form of an inference from environ- network, which has been neglected
ways and thus minimal visual contact ment rather than from an actual pres- for decades by both research and
with the estate’s larger pathway net- ence of people. practice, matters more than we
work] …, it is likely no one else is It is these inferences from the struc- thought to the life of the city and how
present. Unlike X, Y is nervous and ture of space to the pattern of proba- it comes into existence.
probably does one of two things: ei- ble co-presence that influence behav- The idea is, of course, not really
ther Y goes back inside the dwelling, ior and are also responsible for the new. Most designers believe that we
if that is easier, or if not asks the high levels of fear that prevail in can manipulate space to create emer-
stranger if he is lost. The encounter is many housing estates. This is the fun- gent human patterns, although there
tense. Both parties are nervous. Y is damental reason that the urban nor- are conflicting views on how this can
being “territorial,” defending local mality of street-based systems usually and should be done. What is new is
space, and the stranger is being asked seems relatively safer than most hous- the idea that this is a scientific propo-
for his “credentials.” ing estates (Hillier 1996, pp. 190–91). sition.
Now the curious thing is that in the The idea does not feature signifi-
prevailing spatial circumstances, Y’s cantly, for example, in most engineer-
behavior, which, if it had occurred on local vs. global ing-based movement models, where
X’s street, would have seemed bi- The current preoccupation with ‘place’ movement is seen as a matter of at-
zarre, seems normal, even virtuous. In seems no more than the most recent traction: locations attract movement
different environmental conditions, it version of the urban designer’s prefer- according to the “mass” of their at-
seems, not only do we find different ence for the local and apparently tracta- tractions, such as the shopping floor
behaviors but different legitimizations ble at the expense of the global and in- area, and the space network is the
of behavior. What is expected in one tractable in cities…. Places are not lo- means of getting there. The models
circumstance is read as bizarre in an- cal things. They are moments in large- work by analogy with a Newtonian
other. scale things, the large-scale things we physical system, and this is where the
So what exactly has changed? call cities. Places do not make cities. It core idea of attraction comes from. As
There seem to be two possibilities. is cities that make places. The distinc- with planetary bodies, attraction is
First, the overall characteristics of the tion is vital. We cannot make places seen as proportionate to the combined
spatial configuration… has without understanding cities (Hillier “mass” of areas and inverse to some
changed…. Second, Y’s expectation 1996, p. 151). definition of distance.

Such models can of course be made Once we understand the relation place. So what we are talking about
to work, but they can never be true between the network configuration here is a theory of the self-evolving
theoretical models because attraction and movement, we can begin to see city. A key element in this is that the
is not primary. The space network, by how cities come to be as they are and process by which cities create them-
shaping movement, also shapes the how they work. In particular, we can selves is about the relation between
pattern of attractors, since attractor begin to understand why and how cit- scales: that how local places arise in
activities like retail follow the pat- ies, if they are allowed to, tend to self- cities depends as much on how they
terns of movement already created by organize into a polycentric pattern, by are embedded in their larger-scale
the network. creating a network of linked centers context as in their intrinsic properties
So, if we want a theoretical under- and subcenters, at all scales, from a (Hillier 2008, pp. 30–31).
standing of the city we should not couple of shops and a cafe to whole
start with the distribution of attrac- sub-cities, all set into a background of
tion, since this is in good part an residential space.
emergent product of the network. The This is the nature of the organic
shift to a network view of the city, as city, which evolves over tens or hun-
implied by space syntax, is then also a dreds of years to form the seamless
paradigm change. It puts the phenom- web of busy and quiet places, with
ena of the city into a different order. everything seeming to be in the right

Above: Axial map of central London. In this mapping generated quantitatively by numerical integration values, the reddest lines repre-
sent the most integrated pathways and thus the streets of most pedestrian movement. The long red line running almost horizontally from
central left is Oxford Street, said to be one of the world’s most heavily used streets by pedestrians. Note the yellow, orange, and red
lines form rough “deformed wheels” indicating important London neighborhoods like Soho or The City. In turn, these smaller “wheels”
weave themselves into a larger city web that allows for a great degree of permeability and ease of movement within and between
neighborhoods and districts. The blue and indigo lines indicate pathways much less integrated into London’s pathway system and thus
streets of much less movement. Drawing on observational counts, space-syntax researchers have found a strong relationship between
integration values and real-world human movement. Map image © Space Syntax Limited and used with permission.

Book Note
Michael Hviid Jacobsen, ed. Encountering the Everyday: An Introduction to the Sociologies
of the Unnoticed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

experienced by different people at differ- ▪ Everyday = ideological, naïve,

ent times and different places. It is also superficial and false experience
ineradicable… and therefore inescapa- and thinking as opposed to cor-
ble. Thus, as experience, we cannot es- rect, genuine, and true experience
cape the everyday… because the every- and thinking.
day equals what phenomenologists call
the “paramount reality,” a reality we al-
ways eventually return to… (p. 15). Recurring day-to-day patterns
In his introductory chapter, Jacobsen Mike Featherstone’s list of frequently
defines “the everyday” in several differ- recurring features of everyday life
ent ways, drawing on articulations from (1992):
sociologists Norbert Elias, Mike Feath- ▪ An emphasis on what happens
erstone, and Andrew J. Weigert. These every day—the routine, repeti-
descriptions are provided in the following tive, taken-for-granted experi-
sidebars. ences, beliefs, and practices.
▪ An emphasis on the sphere of re-
productions and maintenance, the
Everyday & non-everyday pre-institutional zone of basic ac-
Norbert Elias’s inventory of the eve- tivities, predominantly carried out
ryday via contrast with the “non-eve- by women.
ryday” (1998): ▪ An emphasis on the present
▪ The everyday as opposed to holi- providing a non-reflexive sense
day. of immersion in the immediacy
▪ Everyday = routine as opposed to of current experiences and activi-
extraordinary areas of society not

he 16 chapters of this edited ties.
collection aim to offer “a clear, subject to routine. ▪ An emphasis on the non-individ-
contemporary and comprehen- ▪ Everyday = the working day as ual embodied sense of being to-
sive overview of the sociologies opposed to the bourgeois sphere, gether in spontaneous common
of everyday life.” The entries are ar- that is people living on profits activities outside, or in the inter-
ranged in three parts, the first of which fo- and luxury, without really work- stices, of the official institutional
cuses on foundational traditions that in- ing. domains.
clude the Chicago school and human ▪ Everyday = the life of the masses ▪ An emphasis on heterogeneous
ecology, American pragmaticism, phe- as opposed to the life of the privi- knowledge over rationality and
nomenology, symbolic interactionism, leged and powerful. the linearity of writing.
existential sociology, and critical every- ▪ Everyday = the sphere of mun-
day life sociologies. dane events as opposed to every-
Chapters in the second part deal with thing regarded by traditional po- Three lived levels
more recent points of view, including litical historiography as the only Andrew J. Weigert’s three interrelated
French sociologies of the everyday, Erv- relevant or “great” events in his- levels of human existence and biog-
ing Goffman, and ethnomethodology. tory. raphy (1981):
The last part focuses on recent develop- ▪ Everyday = private life (family, ▪ The daily routines of our patterns
ments including the sociology of emo- love, children) as opposed to pub- of thoughts, words and deeds.
tions, social semiotics, cultural studies, lic or occupational life. ▪ The social structures and social
and interpretive interactionism. ▪ Everyday = the sphere of natural, beliefs that normalize and legiti-
Jacobson concludes that “what makes spontaneous, unreflecting, genu- mate some actions and routines
everyday life so difficult to capture is that ine experience and thinking as and deem others abnormal and il-
it is or seems to be everywhere. As an em- opposed to the sphere of reflec- legitimate.
porium of experiences, everyday life is tive, artificial, unspontaneous, es- ▪ The underlying assumptions and
universally available, although it is not pecially scientific experience and basic principles of any human
necessarily the same type of everyday life thinking. life.

Book Note
Michael H. Wilson, 2018. What Is Colour? The Collected Works. Laura Liska and Troy Vine,
eds. Berlin: Logos Verlag.

physicists in the field of colour science. natural law, accessible to reason, and
This resulted in a series of publications— independent of authority. Movements
many in leading physics journals…. Later of bodies—falling, rolling, swinging,
in life, Wilson extended the implications rotating—could be expressed and pre-
of this research into the fields of art, ther- dicted in terms of distance, time and
apy and spirituality…. (p. xvii-xviii). mass. Musical sounds were found to
have measurable vibrations as their
This collection of Wilson’s writings in-
basis, expansion and contraction be-
cludes 27 entries and demonstrates the
came a relationship of temperature,
profound impact that Goethe’s way of
pressure, and volume. Colours be-
thinking and seeing had on Wilson’s
came measurable components of
work. In the sidebar, below, we present
white light, and so on.
his lucid explication of the nub of Goe-
These claims could be verified by
thean science in which the central aim is
experiment, and experimenting was
to see the phenomenon in its wholeness.
open to anyone…. What could be
more natural than to conclude that
Goethean science vs. conven- here was the kind of thinking that
tional scientific method would unlock the secrets of the world,
In the remarkable essay, “The Experi- and what more tempting than to want
ment as Mediator between Object and to take nature to pieces down to the

ichael H. Wilson (1901–
Subject,” which he wrote in 1793 [see very last cog?
1985) was an artist and For Goethe, this attitude had no at-
p. 13], Goethe describes, gently and
photographer who, in traction. He had his own kind of ac-
with great modesty, the principles that
1949, published What is quaintance with Nature. He, too, saw
he believes should apply to any work
Colour? The Goethean Approach to a that all the elements of nature are re-
of scientific investigation. First and
Fundamental Problem. Over time, this lated, but he saw it in a different way.
foremost is the quality we now call
study became a highly regarded introduc- For him, nature was a unity, a oneness
objectivity. The pleasure or pain, at-
tion to color, which marked Wilson’s key in which everything had its place. He
traction or repulsion, the use or harm
interest for the rest of his life. As the edi- did not look for the smallest unit out
that in the first place relate human be-
tors of this comprehensive set of his writ- of which everything else was built up,
ings to the things of nature, must be
ings explain: but for the way in which everything
allowed no influence on their judge-
This question [What is color?] stayed ment…. was related to the highest, the ulti-
Objectivity, meticulous judgement, mate all-embracing unity.
with Wilson for the rest of his life. He pur-
rigorous procedure, exchange of ideas He saw moreover that the only way
sued it from multiple perspectives begin-
and disclosure of results—these be- in which human beings can compre-
ning with the physiological aspect of
long to any standards to the best pre- hend this unity is by first separating,
color and progressing to the physical,
cepts of scientific method. Where, differentiating, defining. Separating is
philosophical, artistic, therapeutic and
lastly spiritual aspects… Goethe’s The- then, does Goethe’s method differ, the work of the intellect, whereas re-
and why should it have been so com- assembling is the work of the intelli-
ory of Colours is by far the most cited
pletely neglected, even denied, by all gence, the reason.
work in Wilson’s writings on colour, and
the scientists of fame who followed The realization of this last point
an important aspect of his lifelong occu-
him? leads us to the heart of the matter. The
pation with the topic was to develop an
The success of the scientific discovery that we can take nature to
understanding of Goethe’s colour re-
method that had begun with Galileo pieces and find the most wonderful
search and its relevance for science, the
two centuries earlier was that the phe- and beautiful relationships and pro-
arts, therapy, and spirituality. His early
nomena of nature, particularly those portions between the various parts is
research on colour arose out of his inter-
of the inorganic world, were begin- no evidence at all that the completed
est as an artist and photographer… The
ning to be described in terms of rela- works of creation were put together
second phase of Wilson’s research began
tionships of number and measure—re- from the elementary parts in the first
when he joined the Physical Society Col-
lationships that could be expressed as place. In the world of living things,
our Group and started working with

we have only to follow the successive like, are concepts that we have created were essential to the appearance of
stages from seed to flower, from egg to be able to describe and to predict the phenomenon and which could be
to chicken, to see that the reverse is with accuracy the behavior of the discarded. The relationships were cer-
indeed the case. Nature proceeds by things around us. And now we have tainly not arbitrary. They originated in
processes of differentiation and selec- got into the habit of talking about the the things themselves even though
tion. It is only human beings who world as if it really had been built up they had to be formulated in terms of
must construct from the parts to the from these separate elements. … human though and speech.
whole…. For Goethe, it appeared highly un- Therefore, if he arranged before his
As earthly beings, we are so consti- scientific and quite unforgivable to mind’s eye all possible instances of
tuted that anything we create out of pretend to “explain” something that the same phenomenon, it should even-
our own forces cannot be translated one could see and experience, by tually be possible for the essential na-
from idea to reality without going the means of something that one could ture of the phenomenon, the very ker-
stage of being “broken down” into el- not experience. The idea that behind nel of it, to present itself to his con-
ements of manageable size. It is the the curtain of our often unreliable sciousness.
same with our knowledge. We first sense impressions lies the “reality” of The form in which he experienced
break down the vast natural events the objective mechanical processes this he called the “Urphenomenon.” It
into separate processes, principles, that can be measured and calculated, was an almost direct inner perception,
and definitions that have been suffi- was foreign and repulsive to him. which he called “higher experience.”
ciently “abstracted” for our intellect to His method was to use all his His Urphenomenon was the same
be able to grasp them…. senses and all his presence of mind to thing that the intellect would formu-
The almost universal failure, observe, in patience and humility, the late as a law of Nature; but by refrain-
against which Goethe protested with things he was interested in and from ing from making this formulation, and
such vehemence, has been the value the things themselves to learn the kind by allowing the Urphenomenon to
to recognize that it is we who have of thinking appropriate to the study of speak for itself, he avoided the danger
made the separate pieces, whereas in them. He would experiment, observe, of arbitrarily importing a type of
nature everything is part of the unity, and modify the experiment into all thinking, a theory that might not be in
the totality. possible forms and variations to per- conformity with the nature of the phe-
We have broken nature into pieces, ceive the kind of relationship that ex- nomenon itself (Wilson, “Goethean-
and have then pretended that the isted between the various elements of ism and the Scientific Method,” pp.
pieces, as pieces, had been there all the phenomenon. 203–06; originally 1955).
the time. All the single concepts that He would never forget that the ex-
constitute our scientific language, periment itself was his own deliberate
such as distance, time, mass, tempera- creation, and not nature’s deed at all.
ture, wavelength, frequency and the He would find out which conditions

Michael Wilson, Two views in Skye. Watercolors, 1943:“The major theme in his life had been the understanding of light and colour…
He developed a remarkably keen eye for observing and recording the ever-changing patterns and effects of sky and cloud, sunbeam
and shadow, dawn and dust, and all the phenomena of the atmosphere…. His knowledge of clouds was put to a more intimate test
when he took up gliding in the fifties. From his home in Clent he would look out to the westward every morning, where the ridge of the
Longmynd can just be seen on the distant horizon, and he would read the sky to see whether it would be a good day for riding the ther-
mals. If it was…, he would take his camera and soon be soaring on the air-currents….” (R. Brocklebank, “Epilogue,” p. 295).

Book Note
Troy Vine, ed., 2018. Experience Colour. Stroud, UK: Ruskin Mill Land
Trust/Field Center [exhibits by Nora Löbe and Matthias Rang].

Perspective of Modern Physics” already received, in its expression, the

(Johannes Grebe-Ellis and Ol- form and impress of the mind.
iver Passon); “Farbenlehre and By such endeavours, theories and
Goethe’s Nonromantic Imagi- systems commonly arise, which no
nation” (Dennis L. Sepper); doubt do credit to their authors’ skill,
“Goethe’s Polemic as Therapy” but which if praised unduly or sus-
(Troy Vine); and “A Model for tained to long quickly begin to hinder
Scientific Research? A Consid- and to mar the progress of the human
eration of Goethe’s Approach to spirit which in some sense they as-
Colour Science” (Johannes sisted….
Kühl and Matthias Rang). A man so well deserving will not
This catalogue is a major con- lack worshippers and pupils who will
tribution to phenomenological acquaint themselves with history and
method, convincingly illustrat- system, loudly admiring and to the
ing how a phenomenology of best of their ability making the mas-
the natural world—in this case ter’s way of thought their own. Some-
the phenomena of light, dark- times a doctrine of this kind will gain
ness, and color—might proceed. the upper hand to such an extent that
if you are bold enough to doubt it,
you are held impudent and wanton.
Then only later centuries will at last
Experience vs. idea venture to approach the sanctuary,
The fact is that man delights more in
claiming the object of research once
ponsored by England’s Ruskin the idea than in the thing, or rather, he

S Mill Trust and Field Center, this

exquisitely envisioned volume
catalogues an exhibition of Goe-
the’s 1810 color theory (Farbenlehre)
originally prepared for its 2010 bicenten-
only delights in the thing in so far as
he presents it to his mind in an idea. It
must somehow fit into his sense, his
way of thinking. And he may lift his
way of thought ever so far above the
more for common sense, using a
lighter touch, till they repeat of the
founder of a learned sect what a wit
once remarked of a great scientist: he
would have been a great man if he
had only invented less! ….
nial by recreating many of the color, light, common level, he may purify it as he
In living Nature, nothing happens
and darkness phenomena described by will; still, as a rule it is but an effort to
that is not united with the whole.
Goethe. The original exhibition text was bring a multiplicity of objects into
Granted that our experiences only ap-
in German, for which editor Troy Vine some palpable relation, which is not
pear to us as isolated facts and that
has provided English translation. He has strictly speaking theirs among them-
the same applies to our experiments,
also added several essays by English con- selves. Hence the prevailing tendency
this does not mean that they are in
tributors as well as several essays to form hypotheses and theories, ter-
Nature isolated. The question only is,
“deal[ing] with topics that have so far minologies and systems….
how do we find the real connection of
only appeared in German.” Every experience, therefore, every
these phenomena or these events?
Most broadly, the volume is organized experiment as such, is by its nature to
(Goethe, “Experiment as Mediator be-
around three themes: “Exploring colour”; be looked upon as isolated fact, and
tween Object and Subject,” p. 130 in
“Understanding colour”; and “Applying yet withal the power of the human
Vine; originally 1793.
colour.” The volume begins with over 60 mind strives overwhelmingly to unite
exhibition entries, all superbly accompa- and to connect whatever is outside it
nied by explanatory text, drawings, and and within its ken. This being so, we
photographs. These items are followed by can appreciate the danger we incur
longer essays on Goethe’s color theory, when we desire to connect a single
including Goethe’s seminal statement of experience with an idea already
method, “Experiment as Mediator be- formed, or by single experiments to
tween Object and Subject.” Other entries prove some relationship which is not
include “Goethe’s Farbenlehre from the merely a matter of bare fact but has

Light’s invisibility
These two photographs, right, illus-
trate an exhibit demonstrating the “In-
visibility of Light”: “A beam of light,
directed upward, remains invisible
until a hand or another object is
placed in its path. Light illuminates
the object and enables us to see it.
Light is itself invisible, but it makes
objects visible. We could say that
light enables sight.
“Inside the cylinder it is dark
(right). When you place your hand in-
side, it is illuminated by light from
below (far right). Without the pres-
ence of an object, you cannot tell
whether the light is on or off.”

Right: Photographs of hands-on demon-

strations at the 2018 “Experience Col-
our” exhibition, held in Stourbridge, UK.
Visitors could “discover the science of
colour, find out how different colours af-
fect us, and experience the power of col-
our.” Exhibits “investigated some of the
most unexpected colour phenomena that
still intrigue physicists today, colour ap-
pearances that deeply move us, and the
effect of colour in our lives.” The exhibi-
tion included color demonstrations based
on the work of artist and photographer
Michael Wilson [see pp 11–12].

Book Note
Wolfgang Schad, 2019. Understanding Mammals, 2 vols. Mark Riegner, ed. Harlemville, NY:
Adonis Press.

deepen our intellectual understanding of

animals but also strengthen our empathy
and emotional sense. We better realize the
profound moral implications of Goethe’s
claim that each animal is “a small world,
existing for its own sake, by its own
means. Every creature has its reason to
be” (Goethe 1988, p. 121).
Here, we reprint Schad’s account of re-
discovering “joy” in understanding ani-
mals and his interpretation of cats vs.
dogs, a topic with which he introduces his
chapter on “terrestrial carnivores.” We
then reprint ecologist Craig Holdrege’s
commentary on Schad’s work, first pub-
lished in In Context, the newsletter of
Holdredge’s Nature Institute in upstate
New York.
—David Seamon
Bortoft, H., 1996. The Wholeness of Nature:
Goethe’s Science of Conscious Participation in
Nature. Hudson, NY: Lindesfarne Press.
Goethe, J. W. von, 1988. Goethe: Scientific

because the whole is reflected in each Studies D. Miller, ed. and trans.). NY: Suhrkamp.
s EAP editor, I have consist- part. The aim is to recognize the inner or- Holdrege, C., 1998. Seeing the Animal Whole, in
ently included work relating ganic order in an animal in such a way Seamon & Zajonc [see below], pp. 213–32.
Riegner, M., 1998. Horns, Hooves, Spots, and
to Goethe’s way of science, that its individual features can be ex- Stripes in Seamon & Zajonc [see below], pp. 213–
which can be understood as a plained by the basic organization of the 32.
phenomenology of nature that offers one animal itself (Bortoft 1996, pp. 89–99). Schad, W., 1977. Man and Mammals: Toward a
valuable means for fostering an openness Schad’s interpretations offer stunning in- Biology of Form. Garden City, NY: Waldorf Press.
Seamon, D. & A. Zajonc, eds., 1998. Goethe’s
toward the living presence of the natural sights into the experiences and worlds of Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature.
world, including its animals. In part four creatures other than ourselves. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
of his essay on Goethean science [this is- One of the most intriguing results of
sue, pp. 18–21], philosopher Henri Understanding Mammals is its returning “Recapturing the child’s joy”
Bortoft makes considerable reference to to questions we asked as children but for How much of the all-too-familiar
the remarkable Goethean research on which we never received satisfactory an- world have we missed because we
mammals conducted by German biologist swers: For example, what exactly is a cat? have not paid enough attention to it?
Wolfgang Schad. Originally published in What exactly is a dog? How are cats and In the end, we need both: delight in
English in 1977 as one volume entitled dogs different and how are they alike? details and interest in the overall im-
Man and Mammals, Schad’s study has re- Why are leopards spotted but zebras pression that comes to expression
cently been extended and updated as two stripped? Why are giraffes’ necks long? through them. Our goal is to recapture
beautifully illustrated volumes now enti- Why do cows have horns but deer antlers? the child’s joy in each phenomenon…
tled Understanding Mammals and care- Why do beavers, otters, seals, and hippo- Only when we deepen our percep-
fully edited by ecologist Mark Riegner. potami live in water? tions in this way shall we once again
Schad’s aim in these two volumes is to For contributing to a lived environmen- be attracted to a weasel or a fox, a
render a Goethean phenomenology of tal ethic, Schad’s work is important be- seal or a dolphin, as we rediscover
mammals through qualities of animal cause it provides an organized, accessible their singular way of being (Schad, p.
form, appearance, and behavior. In the way for us as human beings to move 47).
holistic biology that Schad presents, each closer to the worlds of other creatures. In
feature of an animal is seen as significant this growing intimacy, we not only

Cats and Dogs As any cat owner knows, cats are sense-active cats and the metaboli-
The carnivores most familiar to us are “individualists.” The European wild- cally-oriented dogs also exists even
the domestic dog (family Canidae) cat, for example, is not only shy to- within the European members of each
and cat (family Felidae). These two ward human beings; it also avoids of these groups.
animals were tamed in ancient times: other animals in the woods. A house The red fox, compared with other
the dog from the wolf (Canis lupus) cat’s attachment to its house is often European canines, has rather feline
of the Near East even before 10,000 greater than its bond with its human characteristics, while the lynx is al-
BC, and the cat from the Egyptian de- companions. most dog-like among cats. Even so,
sert cat (Felis silvestris lybica) around Clearly, dogs are more dependent, the lynx, Europe’s largest cat, remains
1,500 BC or earlier. more “loyal” and good-natured, and smaller than the wolf. Correspond-
The cat’s senses of sight and hear- are often kept by people as a substi- ingly, the red fox, the smallest of the
ing are remarkable. The long whiskers tute for human companionship. Dogs European canines, is larger than the
on its upper lip and above its eyes inherited this instinct for life-long at- wildcat. This fact is quite significant
give further indication of its delicate tachment precisely from their wolf for the biology of form, for … size is
sensitivity. The dog, in contrast, has ancestors, which live in the strong dependent upon the relationship be-
developed one of the more typically community of the pack. tween sensory and metabolic systems.
duller senses, that of smell. Dogs can redirect this instinct to- Thus, … the very size of the different
The cat’s sensitive constitution is ward their human masters, while cats, animals is indicative of the order in-
also revealed in its paws, with their having inherited no comparable in- herent within the multiplicity of na-
retractile claws, so different from the stinct, cannot. Anyone who has ture (Schad, pp.48–49).
dog, whose limbs have become tools owned both these animals can easily
for running, with immovable claws. recognize the constitutional difference
The dog is not even strictly carniv- between them: Cats manifest primar-
orous; it finds a mixed, omnivorous ily the nerve-sensing organization;
diet most acceptable. If given only dogs, metabolic-limb processes. And
meat, it sometimes buries the bones to yet in their supple agility, well-pro-
obtain a food that has decomposed portioned form, and moderate size,
and become richer in bacteria. both are typical carnivores, shaped
The wolf, too, tends to eat carrion, primarily by the rhythmic system.
and both wolves and foxes, and espe- In addition to the wildcat, we also
cially coyotes, occasionally eat ber- find in Europe, and in North America,
ries to supplement their otherwise all- the lynx, a larger cat with a brush of
meat diet. elongated hairs on the tips of its ears,
All this is disdained by the cat. side whiskers, a rather short tail, and Above: The contrasting placement of
With the exception of milk, its taste long, powerful limbs. The lynx often horns for the rhinoceros, wart hog, and
runs to pure meat, rich in blood. Even covers great distances in a short time; bison. Note the bison’s horns are at the
its method of hunting is in keeping it also makes use of its limbs when top of the head, whereas the wart hog’s
with its strongly developed senses: it capturing prey. In this animal, there- horns are close to the mouth. In his ani-
prowls stealthily, then crouches mo- fore, the feline type slightly ap- mal studies, Goethe came to realize that
tionless, with all its senses focused on proaches the canine form. the appearances of horns and other head
its prey, and finally pounces with Among the dog-like animals, in protuberances were always related to
lightning speed. By contrast, wolves, contrast, we find a smaller form, the the absence of certain teeth from the ani-
as well as their descendants, the dogs, red fox, as well as other fox species, mal’s upper jaw. In his work, Schad ex-
hunt by pursuit. Tirelessly, they drive such as the New World gray fox, with amines this relationship in exhaustive
their victim until it is exhausted and its disproportionately short legs and detail (drawing from Schad, p. 362).
must surrender. long tail; these animals generally stalk
Cats hunt primarily with their their prey or lie in wait for it, thus
senses, thus avoiding great physical representing a sense-oriented form
exertion; dogs hunt with their limbs, among the canids. Foxes can climb
powerfully activating their metabo- trees, albeit with more difficulty than
lism. Dogs and cats have thus devel- cats, and, as in cats, their pupils are
oped polar modes within the “attack” slit-shaped. Thus the basic contrast
behavior typical of all carnivores. we have discovered between the

A World of Dynamic Connections
A Commentary on Wolfgang Schad’s Understanding Mammals
Craig Holdrege
Holdrege is the Director of upstate New York’s Nature Institute, a center for research in Goethean science, which most broadly
can be described as a phenomenology of the natural world. This commentary was originally published in the Institute’s newsletter,
In Context, issue no. 41, spring 2019, p. 9. The EAP editor thanks Holdrege and the Nature Institute for allowing the commentary
to be reprinted here.; © 2019, 2020, Craig Holdrege.

nderstanding Mammals is long neck of the giraffe, the flat tail of the formed a mental lens that allowed him to
the fruit of biologist Wolf- beaver, the larger molars of a horse, or the see patterns in animals that had hardly
gang Schad's many decades horns of an antelope allow the animal to been recognized before. With this lens, he
of research into the dynamic survive? The beaver’s teeth are good for has been able to build up a comprehensive
morphology of mammals. I’ve met many gnawing wood, the large flat tail for picture of the diversity of mammals.
people whose eyes were opened by swimming and as a paddle to slap against A threefold pattern in mammals is per-
Schad’s work to a fundamentally new and the water to alert other beavers about the haps most vividly displayed in the differ-
exciting way of understanding the forms presence of potential predators, and the ences between rodents, carnivores, and
and characteristics of mammals. This was high-set eye sockets for swimming incon- hoofed mammals (ungulates). Of course,
also the case for me. Moreover, he has in- spicuously with its head only slight above there are many other groups of mammals,
spired other researchers and helped them the water surface. and Schad shows how the lens of three-
discover patterns in different groups of In a way, all these “explanations” make foldness can help makes sense of some of
animals. sense. But they are also quite speculative. this variety. Moreover, one can see recur-
The first edition of Säugetier und Moreover, this way of looking leads us to ring themes within the different groups
Mensch was published in 1971, when mentally dissect the animal into different that otherwise remain unappreciated.
Schad was 36 years old. An English trans- traits, each of which has its own type of Schad is not interested in fitting the di-
lation, entitled Man and Mammals, was survival value. The coherence and integ- versity of mammals into a neat, rigid sys-
published in 1977. For many years, the rity of an animal dissolves into a collec- tem. Rather, he explores what kinds of re-
work has been out of print and eagerly tion of traits, and all its characteristics are lations the lens of threefoldness allows
sought after as a rare used book. But considered solely as adaptations that se- one to see. And many notable and surpris-
Schad never stopped researching, and his cure survival. ing connections show themselves in the
ability to hold innumerable facts and then Already long before Darwin, Goethe 1300 pages of the two volumes. Few read-
weave them into a meaningful, coherent protested against trying to explain animal ers will study the entire book page by
picture is truly remarkable. In 2012, the traits in terms of their utilitarian func- page. But once you work enough with the
new German edition was published—two tions. He wrote, “we conceive the indi- book to gain a good sense of what Schad
volumes totaling 1300 pages! Truly, a vidual animal as a small world, existing means by threefoldness, you can begin to
lifetime achievement. for its own sake, by its own means. Every see and appreciate the nuanced iterations
Now, through the tireless efforts of creature is its own reason to be… We will in different groups. You begin to move in
publisher John Barnes and editor Mark not claim that a bull has been given horns a world of dynamic connections. Then
Riegner, we have an English translation so that he can butt; instead, we will try to you can select individual chapters about,
that includes new material (Schad re- discover how he might have developed say, bats or whales, and not only learn in-
mains an indefatigable researcher at 83!) the horns he uses for butting.” This means teresting details about these animals, but
and many new illustrations. In the scope that we need to study the characteristics also have your eyes opened to connec-
of its treatment of mammals and in the of an animal in relation to one another and tions you would have never noticed on
uniqueness of approach, the book is see if we can discover how they fit to- your own.
bound to become a classic. gether with the context of the animal as a This book belongs in every good li-
Animal form is usually interpreted whole. brary. It will help animal lovers and edu-
through a Darwinian (or better said, Neo- In this spirit, Wolfgang Schad studies cators gain a new way of looking at the
Darwinian) view of evolution. All charac- animals. From childhood onward, Schad diversity of mammals.
teristics, whether the color or patterning was a keen observer of animals. When he
of the fur or the form of the teeth, are con- later studied Rudolf Steiner’s ideas of
sidered in terms of survival. How do the threefoldness in human being…, he

Seeing and Understanding Holistically
Goethean Science and the Wholeness of Nature—Part IV
Henri Bortoft
Bortoft (1938–2012) was a philosopher, physicist, and science educator who wrote Taking Appearance Seriously (2012) and the
influential Wholeness of Nature (1996), which includes a much more thorough discussion of Goethe’s phenomenological method.
The essay presented here was originally the last part of a paper for the conference, “Goethean Science in Holistic Perspective:
Scientific, Ethical, and Educational Implications,” held at Columbia University’s Teacher College, New York City, May 20–22,
1999; the first three parts of this paper are published in the summer/fall 2018, winter/spring 2019, and summer/fall 2019 issues of
EAP. Note that, in the original written version of the paper, Bortoft does not provide complete references. Here, we have added
citations as available, but some works remain unreferenced. The paper is published with the permission of Jacqueline Bortoft. The
editor thanks Stephen Wood for proofing and referencing assistance. © 2020 Jacqueline Bortoft.

hen we are able to encoun- Goethe. This distancing is important if arising from a “finished product” is expe-
ter nature “working and phenomenological research on the whole- rienced vividly in Schad’s account, which
alive, striving out of the ness of nature is to develop into a real sci- leads us to discover intrinsic relationships
whole into the parts,” we ence. What is not needed is making Goethe among mammals that otherwise would not
come to see the whole reflected in the part into some sort of romantic scientific hero, be recognized. As Schad explains,
because the part is an expression of the battling against mainstream Western sci-
whole—literally a part-ial expression. ence. Here, we witness the awesome inner logic
When we look in this way, we really see All the themes I have discussed here [see of the organism and experience a diversity
the unity of nature as the dynamical unity Parts I–III] are exemplified in these animal ordered in a living way and not merely
of self-difference and, hence, in the mode studies when seen in the light of “multi- schematized (Schad 2019, p. 4).
of the intensive dimension of One. It is es- plicity in unity” rather than “unity in mul-
pecially characteristic of what is living tiplicity.” Schad’s book works as a “tem- In Schad’s understanding of mammals, we
that, in philosopher Ron Brady’s succinct plate” for thinking in a new way. His per- see the phenomenological science of na-
phrase, “It is becoming other in order to re- ceptive, readily-understandable examples, ture clearly—i.e., that it is phenomenolog-
main itself” (Brady 1987, p. 286). facilitate a new movement of thinking. As ical in Husserl’s sense because it returns to
Anyone can practice this way of seeing. one studies the book, he or she is aston- “the things themselves.” Schad’s work on
For example, one can see a particular fam- ished to see the wholeness of nature animal wholeness also exemplifies Witt-
ily of plants in its organic mode. It is an emerge in such a natural way that it seems genstein’s new kind of understanding (re-
enlivening experience to observe the dif- as if it is there “in front of our very eyes” placing explanation) that consists in seeing
ferent members of a family such as the (but of course it is not). relationships—i.e., recognizing the way
Rosaceae (rose, blackberry, strawberry, Schad’s way of seeing is so clear that whereby things (in this case, mammals)
apple, and so forth) and realize they are I’m convinced it makes a far better intro- “already stand in connection with one an-
One plant in the form of “multiplicity in duction to a Goethean phenomenology of other” (the “grammar” of the mammals)
unity.” How different this experience is nature than Goethe’s work on color that [1].
from that of looking for what these differ- more often gets phenomenological atten-
ent plants have in common! tion [e.g., Bortoft 1996, pp. 212–36]. Intrinsic relationships
When we see nature “striving out of the The phenomenologist of nature sees the in-
A Phenomenology of mammals whole into the parts,” via Schad’s example trinsic relationships and necessary struc-
Though Goethe’s way of seeing works sat- of mammals, we see in a way that is “inside tures that, otherwise, would appear only
isfactorily with plants, one finds it intensi- out” to what is usual. We see how the externally as contingent facts. Holdrege’s
fied when looking at animals. Here, we whole enters into each part, which is there- research on the “whole organism” begins
turn to the extraordinary work of biologist fore a part-ial expression of the whole [for with Goethe’s remark that “Every creature
Wolfgang Schad (2019) and ecologists more on Schad’s work, see this issue, pp. has its own reason to be.” This phrase de-
Craig Holdrege (1998, 2003, 2009) and 15–17, this issue of EAP]. scribes precisely what a phenomenological
Mark Riegner (1993, 1998, 2008, 2013). This way of seeing naturally leads to a science of wholeness is about: giving at-
Their research provides some of the best dynamical classification of the mammals tention to seeing the “idea” of the organism
examples of the phenomenology of nature instead of the static “pigeonhole” classifi- (in the same sense that we say, in practical
that we yet have. This work is rooted in a cations with which we are more familiar. life, “I’ve got the idea of it now”). In a sim-
Goethean approach yet developed and pre- The difference between a thinking arising ilar way, Husserl used the term essence
sented with only minimal reference to from a “coming into being” and a thinking (Wesen) by which he meant not something

hidden behind the appearances or some genetic view of organism, an alternative is the development of so-called “elemen-
supposed inner core but the characteristic “organo-centric” biology—i.e., a biology tary particle” physics, which provides an
way of being of something that presents it- of the whole organism—cannot possibly exceptional illustration of the need to think
self directly in experience. be overestimated. Even without consider- in a dynamical, transformative way. Phys-
This is what Holdrege (2009) does so ing the genetic factor, the conventional ten- icist Werner Heisenberg never tired of
beautifully in his work on the sloth. He dency among biologists is to see organisms pointing out that there really are no ele-
shows how the characteristic way of this in a mechanical fashion—i.e., as an aggre- mentary particles comprising the ultimate
creature’s being reveals itself through a gate of parts rather than an organism-as- building blocks of the universe or the ulti-
range of manifestations so that “Every de- whole. mate constituents of matter. He maintained
tail can begin to speak ‘sloth’.” One example is Holdrege’s study of the that our familiar language of “division”
Phenomenology does not try to explain cow (Holdrege 2004, ch. 4), which demon- and “consists of” is highly inappropriate
but to understand. It tries to catch sight of strates how the isolation of a single fac- and obstructs our understanding of the re-
the intrinsic intelligibility of the phenome- tor—milk production—leads to unhealthy markable processes actually taking place.
non (“its own reason to be”) instead of practices that would be ended immediately Experiments with high-energy machines
leaving the phenomenon and thereby ex- if we saw the organism as a whole and not do not show the fragmentation of matter
plaining it by means of something outside just an aggregate of traits and functions. but, rather, its dynamical unity. All the dif-
itself. When we begin to see the whole an- When the organism is seen as no more than ferent “particles” that appear are in fact
imal, then each of its details is seen to be an aggregate of bits, then it seems quite mutable forms of one another and self-dif-
consistent with the characteristic way of natural, now that biotechnology is availa- fering forms in which energy-matter can
that animal’s being. ble, to simply change one part of the crea- appear.
For example, we see this characteristic ture, independently of other parts. With ge- What is observed in these revealing ex-
way of being in the giraffe, a mammal that netic engineering, this piecemeal manipu- periments should be seen in the manner of
cannot be considered in isolation from lation of organisms is commonplace. As the dynamical unity of self-difference, pro-
other mammals if we are to come to expe- Holdrege (1998, p. 230) concludes: ducing “multiplicity in unity”—i.e., a
rience the being-what-it-is. In other words, mode of the intensive dimension of One.
the giraffe must be seen in the context of In this respect, the ignorance of the life of Instead of fragmentation, there is unity, al-
all the other mammals within the order of organisms in our day is staggering, and beit in a form that we weren’t expecting
ungulates. The most striking feature of the Goethe’s approach is needed more than and therefore overlooked at first. On the
giraffe—its long neck—becomes intrinsi- ever. other hand, when we say that such experi-
cally intelligible when one realizes that: ments are revealing the fundamental build-
One of the most significant values of ing blocks of matter, we project our think-
The tendency [of ungulates] towards elon- Goethean science is countering this reduc- ing backward and see the situation back-to-
gation is carried to an extreme in a very tive, piecemeal approach to the natural front. In other words, we lose sight of the
particular way in the giraffe, which does world, particularly as one might facilitate formative processes and only see instead
not merely have a long neck. Rather, this research and education in Goethean phe- the finished products—yet another in-
length is mirrored in the formation of the nomenology. stance of trying to reach the milk by way
rest of its body, especially in its very long of the cheese [4].
legs (Schad 2019, p. 667). Appearance and being together
By facilitating a “coming-into-being” ra- A dynamic phenomenology
When the wholeness of the giraffe is ther than assuming a finished product, Instances of this dynamical way of
seen, every detail begins to speak “gi- Goethe avoided a metaphysical dualism thinking are not confined to science alone.
raffe.” The long neck is now no longer seen without falling into the flatland of positiv- In various ways, this approach is a hall-
as a contingent feature, an accidental de- ism. He avoided separating being and ap- mark of some of the major movements in
velopment resulting from random variation pearance, where being is “behind” the ap- twentieth-century philosophy, especially
and natural selection but as a necessary ex- pearance, without reducing everything to in the case of phenomenology.
pression of the characteristic way of being “merely” appearance. Instead, appearance The shift of attention from what Husserl
that is the giraffe. This “elongation” is con- is the manifestation of being [3]. called “the natural attitude” to seeing the
sistent with all the other necessary mani- Goethe’s dynamical mode of conscious- taken-for-grantedness of that natural atti-
festations of the giraffe’s “being-what-it- ness is in tune with a development in think- tude has the effect that we catch (but not
is” so that one recognizes a coherent whole ing that has gradually developed over the catch hold of) “the world” coming into be-
in which no detail is contingent. No longer last 200 years. There has been a shift away ing. We then see how “the world” is con-
is any creature just a bundle of accidental from thinking in terms of static endpoints. stituted in experience, whereas, in the nat-
developments as claimed by current geno- There has been a shift toward thinking in ural attitude, we begin at the end with the
centric biology. terms of coming-into-being. world as independent object (what is
It is a consequence of the way that mod- This dynamical mode of understanding “given”) and then try to explain experience
ern biology developed that the organism as is illustrated in quantum physics, which in terms of the world (instead of under-
such has disappeared from view to be re- has moved away from thinking in terms of standing the way that the world is consti-
placed by genes as the fundamental units entities in their finished state. One example tuted in experience).
of life [2]. As a counter to this reductive,

Beginning at the end, we ask
how our experience “in here” is
related to the world “out there.”
Thus, we begin with the separa-
tion of subject from object,
whereas in phenomenological
seeing, we catch the coming into
being of this separation. We re-
alize that any representational
theory of knowledge based on
this subject-object separation
ends in a cul de sac because it
starts from the end and therefore
gets things “back-to-front.” Any
representational theory of
knowledge is another case of
milk and cheese.
A particularly good example
of the dynamical mode of think- Holism is the second counterfeit form of 5. In Wholeness of Nature, Bortoft
ing typical of phenomenology is provided a science of wholeness. In contrast to sys- (1996, p. 290) writes: “[Systems thinking]
by Gadamer’s understanding of hermeneu- tems theory, holism overreaches the whole tries to put together what already belongs
tics, which begins with the coming into be- in that, whatever form it takes, this manner together. Thus the intrinsic relatedness is
ing of meaning in the event of understand- of understanding always turns wholeness not seen, and instead, external connections
ing (rather than beginning with meaning as into something metaphysical. Often irra- are introduced with a view to overcoming
a finished product in the author’s mind). tional, mystical, and pseudo-spiritual, this separation. But the form of such connec-
By following the coming into being of manner of holistic thinking typically re- tions is such that they, too, belong to the
meaning in the event of understanding, we jects science and has too often been used level of separation.”
discover that this experience takes the form as a front for prejudice and domination, the
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Walking the Dog Phenomenologically
David Ferlic
Ferlic grew up outside Chicago and lives in Denver, Colorado. His earlier essay about speedskating appeared in the winter/spring
2019 issue of EAP. Text and photograph © 2020 David Ferlic.

“high desert.” Today, only the three of

alking my dog Waffle
is an essential, twice- us are in the park. Ordinarily, the wind
daily activity. Typi- and rain disturb me when they inten-
cally, my wife Trisha sify, but the gusts made me feel moti-
leads, and I “pick up after.” Waffle is vated and almost driven. The rain
a “small” brindle English Mastiff. cleansed the vegetation, covered with
Yes, there are “small” Mastiffs, twinkling droplets of water every-
though the term is relative, since where. I could see mountains in be-
Waffle weighs some 140 pounds. tween the rapidly shifting nimbus
We’ve had Waffle for five years and clouds.
don’t really know his age because he Our movement quickened. Instead of
is a “rescue” dog about whose back- habitually strolling, we walked much
ground we know nothing. faster, ducking the rain as best we could
Here, I describe one particular and reveling in an invigorating environ-
walk with Waffle, in which my atten- ment. I was aroused and excited: no
tion of the world was suddenly al- hurry to return home because this sur-
tered. The weather changed dramati- prising experience felt so good, on one
cally as the wind picked up and the hand, yet, on the other hand, triggered a
sky filled with clouds. It began to sense of caution and self-preservation.
storm. Claps of thunder and bursts of My description starts with the com-
lightening filled the sky. Rain poured mon event of dog walking. What I find
down. remarkable is how such an everyday ac-
We weren’t frightened. In fact, I tion happening in less-everyday cir-
felt invigorated. No need to turn cumstances can alter one's sense of be-
around, at least not yet. Instead of my ing-in-the-world. Very possibly every
usually being annoyed, angered, and sunrise and sunset might render similar
wearied by the rush hour traffic par- experiences, if only we were alert. Giv-
alleling the sidewalk, I was thrilled. ing attention to day-to-day events like
Our pace quickened. Instead of the dog walking, as they actually happen,
oppressive pall of auto exhausts, I illustrates how consciousness and in-
saw only the beautiful panorama of the city park about two miles from our home tentionality are not static, hypothetical
Rocky Mountain front range. Rather than and a destination we have walked to many constructs but rather, revealing, living il-
noticing the hubbub of Denver traffic, I at- times, even though this park is surrounded lustrations of being-in-the-world.
tended to the wetness of the rain and the by two busy interstate freeways and a third
sweetness of the air. There was only the not far away. A sad update from the author: “I’m sorry
sound of thunder and rain on the grass. As a space, the park includes a moder- to report that Waffle passed away in the
I want to delineate this experience via ately trafficked loop trail slightly less than mountains on Sunday, November 3. We
time, space, and movement. The time is a a mile long. Recently, we had avoided In- were visiting Red Feather Lakes, took a
weekday, summer-afternoon rush hour in a spiration Point because of smog that ob- walk, and gave him treats. He lay down
large American city. Like many summer scured the mountains and dirty vegetation and died very peacefully. I guess that is
afternoons in Denver, the sky had clouded sullied by pollution particles. Unlike many how we all want to go.”
up. Rather than take our regular walk city parks, Inspiration Point is not irri-
around the block, Trisha, Waffle, and I gated. Its xeriscape conserves water and is
headed to “Inspiration Point,” an elevated beautiful, making a landscape described as

Negotiating National Memory and Forgetting
through Cemeteries
Taman Prasasti in Jakarta, Indonesia
Kevin Browne
Browne is an applied anthropologist. Much of his research concerns the intersections of self and place in Indonesia.
Captions for photographs are provided at the end of Browne’s essay. Text and photographs © 2020 Kevin

ountries are constantly 2016). These suburban memorial
redefining and reimagin- (or “heritage”) parks represent a
ing the meanings of the hybrid form, combining a recrea-
past. Memorials, muse- tional experience for families
ums, and cemeteries are vehicles with luxurious cemetery plots, in
for such negotiations of remember- some cases for only Chinese bur-
ing and forgetting. Such sites rep- ials, and in others for those of all
resent often conflicting and fluid faiths. A prominent example is
social and political landscapes of that of San Diego Hills in the Ja-
memory. These places relate to co- karta suburb of Tangerang, which
lonial and post-colonial narratives has sections devoted to different
of control, nationalism, and devel- religions and a separate section
opment. The representations of for “Indonesian Heroes.” These
public national histories are, as new hybrid parks also reflect the
White (1997, p. 4) argues, also acts trend in Indonesia toward pack-
of “mystification, silencing, and aged “culture” experiences, seen
exclusion.” prominently in places like Taman
At the same time, “inscribed spaces” like messy ambiguity. Taman Prasasti embod- Mini’s Indonesian ethnic culture pavilions
museums and cemeteries also have the po- ies many of Indonesia’s current contradic- (Hitchcock 2005).
tential to create meaningful relationships tions regarding its past and present and the Located in the heart of Jakarta, Taman
by engaging and transforming such ac- meanings of memory and place. Prasasti [photo, right] is a different kind of
cepted national narratives (Low and Law- hybrid burial site dating to early colonial
rence-Zuniga 2003, Wright 2005). Ceme- Death, Development, & Cemeteries times It reflects the tension between the
teries are often more open, ambiguous In the burgeoning cities of Southeast Asia, regulating forces of a bureaucratic moder-
spaces than those of museums, which may available land for burying the dead is re- nity and those of a more entropic, local
have controlled and regulated stories. portedly running out (Jakarta Post, March sense of place. Taman Prasasti engages In-
Cemeteries inhabit an intersection of tradi- 12, 2011). Development has put pressure donesia’s current debates about its past,
tion, memory, and place, and can offer the on urban green space, including cemeter- current priorities, and future. The site
potential for both renewal and critique ies. One casualty of this development in In- brings forward the question of which mem-
(Donohoe 2014). The interaction of people donesia is Chinese cemeteries, many of ories should be held and preserved or ig-
and space in cemeteries is more likely to which have been closed or relocated in ur- nored and erased.
create uncertainties and heterotopias than ban and rural areas in the last few decades Currently, Taman Prasasti inhabits a
within museum spaces. (Salmon 2016, Husain 2015). For example, liminal, indeterminate zone, partway be-
As both a spatial and cultural category, a wonderful Chinese cemetery I visited in tween the stated desire for it to be a domes-
however, the ambiguity, or “messiness” of Yogyakarta, Central Java, was razed in ticated museum, on one hand, and a wild,
cemeteries frequently contrasts with the vi- 1998, relocated to a more rural area south untamed cemetery, on the other hand. This
sion of order imposed by political and of the city, and replaced by a new mosque conflicting aim reflects a poorly imple-
knowledge regimes (Kusno 2016). Ja- on the Gadjah Mada University campus mented rationalist agenda, lacking the
karta’s Taman Prasasti (“Inscription (Susanto 2008, Browne forthcoming). funding and vision of a “modern” museum.
Park”) cemetery and now museum simul- In response to these changes, some en-
taneously represents and contests official trepreneurs have developed “Memorial
regimes of order and the processes of Parks” in countries such as The Philip-
pines, Malaysia, and Indonesia (Salmon

Nor does its spooky, unregulated These spaces of indeterminacy
atmosphere fit with an optic- include those involving relations
friendly, bureaucratic vision for with the dead and the past in gen-
a modern, world-class city. eral, implicating memory, place,
Most broadly, this initiative and tradition.
fails to engage with either the In Indonesia, the dead often
stories of the past or the uncan- have a way of leaving ghostly
niness of graveyards and their in- traces in the present. One of these
tersubjectivity. The result is that ways is through the common
the cemetery’s poetic potential is practice of gravesite vigils that
left untapped. Taman Prasasti is are held regularly on Thursday
missing the opportunity to sim- nights and other propitious times
ultaneously educate the public throughout Java (Browne 2007,
and engage this important space Pemberton 1994). The dead, es-
in a dialogue about the meanings pecially saints and prominent po-
of the past and present. litical figures, are believed by
many people to be able to confer
Taman Prasasti’s History blessings (pangestu) to the living.
The “invention” of non-church graveyards Raffles, first wife of Thomas Raffles, the People may visit the graves of famous and
for interring the dead in European coun- governor-general of Java during Britain’s powerful people, such as that of Senopati,
tries was primarily a nineteenth-century brief (1811–1815) rule. Others include the founder of the Central Javanese Mata-
phenomenon, and in some instances was Pieter Erberveld (ca. 1660–April 14, ram dynasty in Yogyakarta. These visitors
predated by those in their respective colo- 1722), a Eurasian accused of plotting to ask for help with everything from healing
nies. For example, in Calcutta, India, the overthrow the Dutch VOC and executed from illness, paying school tuition, fertility
first cemetery for British colonists was be- (and vilified by the Dutch with a gruesome problems, and business success (Browne
gun at the end of the eighteenth century monument); the Chinese-Indonesian Soe 2007).
(Buettner 2006), whereas in England such Hok Gie, a political activist, writer, and Many ghostly presences also linger from
expansive, non-church cemeteries like the lecturer; the archeologist W.F. Stutter- the long Dutch colonial occupation of In-
famous Kensal Green Cemetery in London heim, best known for his excavations in donesia, with its uncountable traumas and
was opened in 1833 (in Paris the iconic Central Java; F.H. Roll, the founder of the injustices. These presences intermingle
Pere-Lachaise cemetery opened in 1804). first medical school in Jakarta for the train- with those of the repressive post-colonial
In the Dutch East Indies, the Kebon Jahe ing of Indonesian doctors; and J.L.A. era in the urban landscape. The most prom-
Kober cemetery was officially established Brandes, a philologist and lexicographer of inent among these many post-colonial
in 1797 in Batavia (now Jakarta) for Dutch important ancient Indonesian manuscripts. traumas is the killings of half a million or
East Indies (VOC) officials, the Dutch up- more suspected Communists and others in
per class, and other prominent Europeans, Ghosts of the Past Indonesia following the aborted coup at-
though burials had already occurred on the The growth of the mega-city of Jakarta tempt of October 1965 (Roosa 2006).
site beginning in 1795 (Messakh 2008). since independence has been haphazard Since the fall of Suharto and the collapse
This pattern was contemporaneous with and messy (Abeyesekere 1987). This of the New Order regime in 1998, the city
similar developments in The Netherlands messiness contrasts with Indonesia’s mod- is also now haunted by the ghosts of pem-
itself, where “countryside cemeteries” also ernization goal, which during the 1966– bangunan (development), with “an abun-
began in the late eighteenth century as 1998 New Order era sought to impose a dance of skeletons of unfinished build-
well, due to concerns about over-crowding particular way of seeing (Kusno 2016) ings” (Pratiwo and Nas 2005, p. 79).
in churchyard burial sites and issues of hy- onto public spaces—a political strategy of The ghosts of the past speak to experi-
giene (Van Steen & Pellenbarg, 2006). control designed to relegate the more un- ences of loss, destabilizing time and space,
Over the following 200-plus years, Kebon ruly urban spaces to the margins of society. and the attempts to rationalize a coherent
Jahe Kober became important not only for This messiness, with its marginal sites, modernist narrative. These ghosts haunt
who was buried there but also for its eclec- story fragments, amnesias, and silences the margins and indeterminate spaces of
tic mix of gravestones and markers, incor- takes on importance in the processes of the city, as well as the sites of traumatic ex-
porating neo-gothic, classical, and Hindu- city-work (Pile 2005). In addition to its perience (Kusno 2003). In interaction with
Javanese styles. Over the centuries, the spatial fluidities, the everyday emotional human agents, they create hesitancies and
cemetery has also undergone a number of and even grief-work of a city is always in encourage a “wanton speculation” (Hol-
significant transformations until becoming process amid the anxieties and desires of loway and Kneale 2008, p. 308). Tim
its present incarnation as the Taman its residents and the plasticity of time. Such Edensor (2005, p. 829) argues that margin-
Prasasti Museum. work, involving spatial tactics of “re- alized urban sites “seethe with memories,”
Many Europeans and Americans are sistance” to narratives of power (Certeau where ghostly presences cannot be ex-
buried alongside Indonesians in the ceme- 1984) often includes mobility and detach- punged. This is in contrast to rationalized
tery, including the reform-minded Olivia ment from rationalized spaces.

museum and heritage sites and control, these choices are political and
that try to banish ambiguity. cultural (Kusno 2003). For instance, Indo-
As a transitional and inde- nesia has only recently begun, through
terminate site, Taman personal accounts and various artistic
Prasasti is haunted not only forms, to modestly acknowledge and de-
by those who are buried there bate the echoing silence imposed by the
but by those who are no New Order regime following the wide-
longer there, by the spirits of scale atrocities of 1965–66.
those who work and visit the Given this violent history, memorials
cemetery, and by these col- and cemeteries can be sites of ambiva-
lective experiences of loss. It lence and anxiety, engaging with ongoing
is a liminal and ambiguous national dialogues about the past. In some
site, where efforts to disci- instances, these sites are subject to regu-
pline and control its narrative lating and revisionist policies of state con-
are contested by its wildness, trol, and in others are left more open to
haunting memories, and un- subjective renderings and experience. In
certain experiences. Indonesia, these considerations include ar-
ticulations of “tradition” and its legitimi-
Memory & Forgetting in Indonesia zation narratives (Pemberton 1994), the
Cemeteries are places of forgetting as well lack of urban green space and available
as remembering, through deliberate hu- burial sites, and the desire to create “pe-
man choices as well as various processes destrian spaces” to attract domestic tour-
of entropy. Choices about what is worthy ists.
of remembering may allow other things to
be forgotten (Donohoe 2014, p. 147). Co- Situating Taman Prasasti
lonialist-era spaces such as cemeteries can Indonesia declared its independence from
be uncomfortable reminders of an oppres- The Netherlands in August 1945, and the
sive past. After independence, colonial history of Taman Prasasti since illustrates
markers of remembering, whether used to its varied, contingent status. The site was
glorify or vilify (as with the Erberveld used as a Christian cemetery until 1975,
“monument”), gave way to post-colonial when it was closed to prepare for con-
narratives of national development and struction of the Central Jakarta mayoralty
identity and deliberate tactics of forget- office (Messakh 2008). At that time, some
ting. remains were removed by relatives, and
Discourses of nationalism and develop- others were moved to South Jakarta’s
ment often create emotional and temporal Tanah Kusir cemetery. Only 1200 of the
distance from such colonialist markers. 4200 gravestones present at the time were
These ruptures, however, never provide a selected to be kept in the new site (Mes-
complete break, as there are always con- sakh 2008).
tingencies, conflicts, and leakages of the In 1977, the site was reopened and in-
past into the present. As Latour (2009, p. augurated as the Taman Prasasti museum,
142) phrases it, “The global is always part with its area reduced from the original 5.9
of local histories.” hectares of land to 1.3 hectares. In addi-
The perception and experience of place tion to the gravestones and markers that
seem especially porous in cemeteries (Ca- have been preserved, there are also some
sey 2009). They invoke a diverse range of ment. They are also spaces of physical de- curious additions, such as a replica of a
meanings in and outside the material space terioration and change, and sometimes of seventeenth-century hearse and the origi-
they occupy, engaging post-colonial dia- preservation and re-classification. nal coffins of Indonesia’s first President
logues with the past, present, and future Decisions about remembering and for- and Vice-President, Sukarno and Moham-
with local meanings and global flows. getting are not permanent. Organized med Hatta.
They are ongoing historical processes, around artifacts and institutions, new fis- This transformation from colonial-era
public forms of knowledge created in part sures, fragments, and priorities emerge cemetery to national museum is a modern-
by the participation of those who visit. through time, and narratives are reworked. ist attempt to rationalize and decolonize
These spaces help to shape historical Decisions to remember come with emo- Taman Prasasti and to domesticate its
knowledge and the narratives of empire, tional and social freight. Whether to en- wildness to create a more docile rhetorical
liberation struggles, and national develop- gage in meaningful dialogue with the past space (Wright 2005). This move is conso-
and its associated traumas or to support a nant with other efforts to modernize public
sanitized silence in service of modernity

spaces in Indonesia under the general ru- There are many possible paths in the cem- intended to be implemented, creating het-
bric of development. These efforts are of- etery, and sensory attention is dispersed. erotopic and dissonant spaces.
ten only partially realized, however, and There is also a multitude of non-human life These modernist impulses to reintegrate
may result in half-finished structures or forms that have agency (Latour 2005), in- the disjunctive fragments of city life are
lip-service “successes.” cluding trees and overgrown vegetation, subverted by the clutter of marginal
At Taman Prasasti, this rationalist dis- and swarms of small mosquitoes and other spaces—what Attfield (2000) describes as
course is undermined by the ambiguity one insects, along with the haphazard built en- the “wild dimension” of objects. Residents
experiences when visiting, with unex- vironment. This low-lying area is also sub- and visitors to such sites of messy indeter-
pected encounters with the past and pre- ject to the annual flooding that afflicts Ja- minacy become subjective co-creators, ex-
sent. The cemetery is located off a busy karta during the rainy season. periencing a sense of “wild Being” imma-
corner in north Jakarta, inconspicuous and These porous boundaries constitute nent in such perceptions (Casey 2009).
largely invisible unless one is looking for “leakages” (Ingold 2012) that contest the Various processes of entropy, whether
it. The transition from the street into the museum’s official purpose and narrative. from human or non-human actions, also
cemetery is palpable. Walter Benjamin The excess of meanings available in the take their toll on the material culture of
(1999) evokes the metaphor of “threshold cluttered look and feel of the cemetery in- such places, including graffiti and vandal-
magic” for the liminal transition from more vites visitors to fantasize and create their ism, suggesting the lack of a coherent,
rationalized spaces into indeterminate own stories of an imagined past. The sen- meaningful integration narrative about the
ones, and the sense of possibility that sory excess leads to a relaxation of the ob- cemetery’s place in Indonesian society, as
“something” might happen. server’s gaze and can produce involuntary well as inadequate security (Bastian 2012).
This is true when leaving street conges- associations, memories, and story crea- As Certeau (1984, p. 83) has argued,
tion and emerging into an ambiguous space tion—a kind of magical aura (Benjamin memory is a transformative narrative prac-
like Taman Prasasti, with its minimal sign- 1999) that resists strategies of control and tice and thus is potentially subversive in its
age and lack of prescribed circuits. After order (Edensor 2005). subjectivity. Such uncertainty allows peo-
paying a nominal entrance fee, I was free In many ways, my visit to Taman ple to be in dialogue with places and co-
to wander the grounds however I wished Prasasti mirrors a common experience in create meanings, articulating a poetic ge-
(and I was the only visitor for most of the Java, where official attempts to control and ography. These geographies store up the
time). During my visit, I sensed no unify- rationalize public life are undercut by leak- kind of “rich silences and wordless stories”
ing narrative or theme—only partial stories ages from the physical and social environ- that Certeau (1984, p. 106) says destabilize
and questions. The lack of organization in- ment. Centuries of colonial and post-colo- political strategies of control. This indeter-
vites a meandering visit rather than a pre- nial repressive governments have led to a minacy of experience invites an urban im-
scribed experience. The lack of official divergence between official and lived real- aginary, a juxtaposition of the strange and
staff, with only a few maintenance workers ities. Official policies and development familiar, and an engagement with the spir-
and grass cutters occasionally in sight, en- narratives are often so at odds with experi- its of place (ibid., p. 135). Official im-
courages an openness of interpretation. ences of messiness on the ground that they pulses to restore and control, to establish
This indeterminacy and engagement of take on a dream-like quality (Pile 2005, cultural orthodoxies, are continually at
the senses, with the lush and overgrown Benjamin 1999). Empty declarations of odds with these heterodoxies of the past.
vegetation and unexpected monuments and “progress” and modernity are made for the The challenge for city planners is how to
other memorials, ignites the imagination. sake of appearance, while no resources or balance needs for security, social cohesion,
unifying vision or plan are in place or even

and shared stories with the need to dia- and uncertainty of wildness have ways of culture are packaged and displayed in san-
logue with such ambiguous spaces. continuing their porous journeys. The lack itized and controlled environments.
of funding for the museum paradoxically
Ambiguous Spaces & Containment works against its stated purpose of order- Possible Futures
Taman Prasasti embodies some of these ing the cemetery for a more official narra- As with many cemeteries and other spaces
contested narratives of preservation, of the tive purpose, instead inviting a more elu- of memory and historical contingency, the
heritage and culture industry, and of glob- sive and less controlled imagination of tensions and contradictions embodied in
alization. The museum’s director, Hendra space and time (Massey 2005). Taman Prasasti reflect this moment of
Handoyo, is quoted as stating that “One of In addition, this porosity creates an non/modernity. The current official vision
the reasons we are undergoing renovation openness to chance and the possibility of of Taman Prasasti is anti-poetic, seeking to
is to dissipate the spooky ambiance and surprise, as visitors are thrown back onto create a sanitized, rationalized atmosphere
create a more museum-friendly environ- their own subjectivity (Donohoe 2014). for local school groups and a seeming eras-
ment,” with the hope of attracting local Museum visitors continue to be confronted ure of the more wild and overgrown as-
tourists (Bastian 2012). The museum’s ne- with many possible meanings and paths, pects, to make it “less spooky” and encour-
gotiation of the past’s meanings, however, both literal and imaginative. In such age local rather than international tourists
is haphazard and lacks clarity. Despite its places, memory is unstable—a palimpsest (Bastian 2012). This approach obscures the
museum status and stated goals, Taman of decaying fragments and shadows of the reality that containment, with its accompa-
Prasasti retains a sense of wildness and past (Donohoe 2014). Such uncertainty re- nying sense of place, embodies both clutter
lack of order. While the new agenda of the calls Latour’s argument that, while and order (Attfield 2000). Even well-or-
museum is one of containment of the wild modernism is good at breaking with the dered museum sites can’t completely ban-
aspects of the cemetery, its presentation re- past, it is not effective at inhabiting the pre- ish ambiguity and uncertain experiences,
mains one of “clutter” and uncertainty. sent (Latour 2009, p. 144). as wildness tends to find a way in (Edensor
Containment efforts such as with the Ta- As an “Inscription Park,” Taman 2005).
man Prasasti museum can only be partial at Prasasti evokes a poly-temporal sensibility Yet partial erasures, through the moving
best, subject to the interpenetrating and is an example of writing the past and of gravestones and the neglect and desul-
rhythms of weather, nature, and disjunc- the future common in Javanese forms of tory maintenance of others, have markedly
tive human actions of politics, vandalism, representation (Florida 1995). As Jed- altered the site. Only fragments of these
and neglect (Mels 2004). Currently, the lowski (2001, p. 30) points out, the past is prior stories remain. This important histor-
museum directors seek to close down the “constantly selected, filtered, and restruc- ical landmark is in danger of serious deg-
contestation of meanings and to sanitize tured in terms set by the questions and ne- radation. Many wonderful and historically
the wildness in favor of an “educational” cessities of the present.” Latour (1993, p. important gravestones are damaged or
narrative suitable for Indonesian school- 76) suggests a similar idea: “It is the sort- missing (Bastian 2012).
children. ing that makes the times,” or what is kept Taman Prasasti as a significant place of
This attempted purification and taming and what is rejected influences our sense of remembering seems to lack a meaningful
of the cemetery’s “wild being” is not so the past as well as helping to shape the fu- preservation constituency. The museum is
easily achieved, however. The ambiguity ture. chronically under-funded, with minimal
In this sense, the current rhetoric of san- cleaning and restoration, and is vulnerable
itizing Taman Prasasti speaks simultane- to environmental damage in Jakarta’s reg-
ously to the continuing distancing from the ular floods. There are also not many visi-
traumas and colonialism of the past as well tors, at least at the time of my visit. The of-
as to an imagined future where history and ficial attempt to use the cemetery to bolster
a national narrative of linear
development and growth is
belied by contingencies on
the ground, its lack of a co-
hesive vision, and the inevi-
table leakages of materials
and affective atmospheres
through time and space.
If such a rationalist con-
tainment narrative isn’t pos-
sible, what are the possibili-
ties for Taman Prasasti to
become a more relevant site
for dialogue about Indone-
sian historical memory?
Nirwono Joga (cited in
Messakh 2008), who has

studied Taman Prasasti, argues that it has globalize the local. An alternative to a Kusno, A., 2003. Remembering/Forgetting the
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[Japanese Translation of “Twenty-Three Definitions of
Akihiro Yoshida
This list of twenty-three definitions of phenomenology was originally compiled by the editor of Environmental and Architectural
Phenomenology, as part of a special 30th-anniversary issue of the journal. Akihiro Yoshida, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psy-
chology at the University of Tokyo. This translation is also available at Yoshida’s blog: Japa-
nese translation © 2020 Akihiro Yoshida.

編者David Seamon教授の言葉
「現象学の定義23」と題する、以下の定義リストは、電子雑誌『環境と建築の現象学』の編集者David Seamonが、

1. Phenomenology is the study of human experience and of the ways things present themselves to us in and through such experience
(Sokolowski 2000, p. 2).

2. Phenomenology is the study of phenomena as experienced by human beings. The primary emphasis is on the phenomenon itself
exactly as it reveals itself to the experiencing person in all its concreteness and particularity (Giorgi 1971, p. 9).

3. Phenomenology takes its starting point in a return to the “things” or “matters” themselves, that is, the world as we experience it. In
other words, for phenomenologists, experience must be treated as the starting point and ultimate court of appeal for all philosophical
evidence (Brown and Toadvine 2003, p. xi).

4. Phenomenology is the study of experience, particularly as it is structured through consciousness. “Experience” in this context refers
not so much to accumulated evidence or knowledge as to something we “undergo.” It is something that happens to us and not some-
thing accumulated and mastered by us. Phenomenology asks that we be open to experience in this sense (Friesen, Hendricksson, and
Saevi 2012, p. 1).
ている。 経験とは、われわれに起こる或ことであり、われわれによって蓄積されたり、修得されたりする或ることでは
ない。 現象学は、この意味での経験に対してわれわれが開かれていることを求める。

5. The aim of phenomenology is to describe the lived world of everyday experience …. Phenomenological research into individual
experience gives insight into, and understanding of, the human condition. Sometimes it “languages” things we already know tacitly
but have not articulated in depth. At other times, quite surprising insights reveal themselves … (Finlay 2011, p. 26).
現象学の目的は、日常経験の生きられた世界を叙述することである。…… 個人経験の現象学的研究は人間条件への洞察
と理解をもたらす。 時には、それは、われわれが既に暗黙のうちに知っているが、[その意味を] 深く明瞭化しては未
だいない物事を『言語化する』。 別の時には、驚くような洞察が露わになることもある……。

6. Phenomenology is best understood as a radical, anti-traditional style of philosophizing, which emphasizes the attempt to get to the
truth of the matters, to describe phenomena, in the broadest sense as whatever appears in the manner in which it appears, that is as it
manifests itself to consciousness, to the experience. As such, phenomenology’s first step is to seek to avoid all misconstructions and
impositions placed on experience in advance, whether these are drawn from religious or cultural traditions, from everyday com-
monsense, or, indeed, from science itself. Explanations are not to be imposed before the phenomena have been understood from
within (Moran 2000, p. 4).

7. As a method, [phenomenology] serves to remind us of the significance of the full range of meaning of human experience, including
taken-for-granted assumptions, values, and perceptions often forgotten about in analytic frameworks. In attending to pre-thematic
ways of being-in-the-world, phenomenology helps to comprehend human behavior in its fullness (Stefanovic 2015, p. 40).
意味の] 範囲には、当然とされている思い込みや仮定、もろもろの価値、それから、分析的なもろもろの枠組みにおいて

8. Phenomenological method is driven by a pathos: being swept up in a spell of wonder about phenomena as they appear, show, pre-
sent, or give themselves to us. In the encounter with the things and events of the world, phenomenology directs its gaze toward the
regions where meanings and understandings originate, well up and percolate through the porous membranes of past sedimentations—
then infuse, permeate, infect, touch, stir us, and exercise a formative and affective effect on our being (van Manen 2014, p. 26).

9. Phenomenology is an attempt to understand from the inside—and not to dismiss or criticize from the outside—the whole spectrum
of experience which we generally call “reality” (Vesely 1988, p. 59).

10. Phenomenology never purely coincides with lived experience in itself, but by probing its ultimate horizons and seeking to grasp
the englobing sense of what appears within them, renders lived experience anew. The subject matter is the intelligibility of lived expe-
rience, which phenomenology realizes essentially, and it is in rendering this “intelligibility” that the faithfulness of phenomenology to
lived experience lies (Burch 1989, p. 195).
ろの地平を探究し、それらの内に現れるものに全体としてのまとまりを与える意味(englobing sense)を把握すること

11. Phenomenology seems to take the ground away from under our feet, while at the same time giving us the sense of being where we
have always been—only now recognizing it as if for the first time. It’s hard to catch hold of it because it’s like trying to catch some-
thing as it’s happening and which is over before we can do so. It can perhaps best be described most simply as “stepping back” into
where we are already. This means shifting the focus of attention within experience into the experiencing of it. So if we consider see-
ing, for example, this means that we have to “step back”” from what is seen into the seeing of what is seen (Bortoft 2012, p. 17).

12. Phenomenology recovers the order of truth as residing in things. It is not hidden, it does not lie under or behind or beneath things,
and hence does not require Depth Theory to winkle it out. It is what is manifest (what shows) in things and how. If this is very obvious
(as it must be) it yet requires a particular way of seeing and understanding in order to grasp it, for it can simply be no-seen at all (Scan-
nell 1996, p. 169).

13. Phenomenology: The disciplined struggle “to let be,” to let being appear or break through (Buckley 1971, p. 199).
現象学:「在らしめる(to let be)」、存在を現れさせる、あるいは、[隠れた状態の隙間から]姿を現わさせる、訓

14.Phenomenology: The gathering together of what already belongs together even while apart (Mugerauer 1988, p. 216).
現象学 お互いに離れている場合でさえも、(実は)既に一緒である(=共属する)ものごとを、集めて一緒にすること。

15. Phenomenology: To let that which shows itself be seen from itself in the very way in which it shows itself from itself (Heidegger
1962, p. 58).
* 現象学。おのれを示す当のものを、そのものがおのれ自身のほうから示すとおりに、おのれ自身のほうから見させる

16. [Phenomenology] adopts no standpoint and provides no single direction of approach. [It] informs us simply that something we
experience is to be disclosed, and this in turn means that it must somehow be hidden from us, though it may be superficially familiar.
Phenomenology thus reveals itself as a gentle, responsive way of thinking. It tends to become what it studies. It is the method of im-
posing no method (Relph, 1983. p. 201).
[経験されている或る事]は、表面的にはよく親しまれているかも知れないが、[実は] 何らかの仕方でわれわれから隠さ

17. Phenomenology invites us to stay with “the experience itself, ” to concentrate on its character and structure rather than whatever it
is that might underlie or be causally responsible for it…..[Phenomenology] facilitates a return to experience, to awaken in us a sense
of its importance by demonstrating the founding role of experience in our conception of the world, however sophisticated that concep-
tion has become through the advancement of the natural sciences. In striving to awaken us to our own experience, to the phenomena
through which our conceptions of the world is constituted, phenomenology seeks to awaken us to ourselves, to make us alive to our
existence as subjects who bear a kind of ultimate responsibility for that conception (Cerbone 2016, p. 3).

18. [Phenomenology entails] letting things become manifest as what they are, without forcing our own categories on them… [T]he
very essence of true understanding is that of being led by the power of the thing to manifest itself…. Phenomenology is a means of
being led by the phenomenon through a way of access genuinely belonging to it…. Such a method … is not grounded in human con-
sciousness and human categories but in the manifestness of the thing encountered, the reality that comes to meet us (Palmer 1969, p.

19. Phenomenology is the study of essences; and according to it, all problems amount to finding definitions of essences: the essence of
perceptions, or the essence of consciousness, for example. But phenomenology is also a philosophy that puts essences back into exist-
ence and does not expect to arrive at an understanding of [human beings] and the world from any standing point other than that of
their “facticity” (Merleau-Ponty 1962. p. vii).
* 現象学とは本質(essences)の研究であって、一切の問題は、現象学によれば、けっきょくは本質を定義すること
質を存在(existence)へとつれ戻す哲学でもあり、人間と世界とはその<事実性> (“facticity”) から出発するのでなけ
れば了解できないものだ、と考える哲学でもある。(M.メルロー=ポンティ、『知覚の現象学 1』竹内芳郎・小木貞
孝訳、1967、p. 1 序文の冒頭)

20. Many aspects of Husserl’s formulation of phenomenology endure as central themes, including his catch cry “back to the things
themselves” (Zu den Sachen selbst), which expressed the idea of the avoidance of metaphysical speculation, the attempt to gain a pre-
suppositionless starting point, the use of description rather than causal explanation, and the attempt to gain insight into the essences of
all kinds of phenomena (Moran 2001, p. 353).

21. Phenomenology: The excavation of human experience, first, in terms of particular persons and groups in particular places, situa-
tions, and historical moments; and, second, as this excavation engenders a self-conscious effort to make intellectual and emotional
sense of what that experience reveals in terms of broader lived structures and more ethical ways of being, willing and acting (Seamon
2008, p. 15).
[そのような] 人間経験の発掘である。

22. Our relation to the world is so fundamental, so obvious and natural, that we normally do not reflect upon it. It is this domain of
ignored obviousness that phenomenology seeks to investigate. The task of phenomenology is not to obtain new empirical knowledge
about different areas in the world, but rather to comprehend the basic relation in the world that is supposed by any such empirical in-
vestigation…. The world is, as Merleau-Ponty writes, wonderful. It is a gift and a riddle. But in order to realize this, it is necessary to
suspend our ordinary blind and thoughtless taking the world for granted (Zahavi 2019, p. 67).

23. [The aim is] making evident an essential distinction among the possible ways in which the pregiven world, the ontic universe
[das ontische Universum], can become thematic for us. Calling to mind what has repeatedly been said: the lifeworld, for us who
wakingly live in it, is always already there, existing in advance for us, the “ground” of all praxis whether theoretical or extra-theoret-
ical. The world is pregiven to us, the waking, always somehow practically interested subjects, not occasionally but always and nec-
essarily as the universal field of all actual and possible praxis, as horizon. To live is always to live-in-certainty-of-the-world. Waking
life is being awake to the world, being constantly and directly “conscious” of the world and of oneself as living in the world, actually
experiencing [erleben] and actually effecting the ontic certainty of the world.
The world is pregiven thereby, in every case, in such a way that individual things are given. But there exists a fundamental dif-
ference between the way we are conscious of the world and the way we are conscious of things or objects (taken in the broadest
sense, but still purely in the sense of the lifeworld), though together the two make up an inseparable unity. Things, objects (always
understood purely in the sense of the lifeworld) are “given” as being valid for us in every case (in some mode or other of ontic cer-
tainty) but in principle only in such a way that we are conscious of them as things or objects within the world-horizon. Each one is
something, “something of” the world of which we are constantly conscious as a horizon.
On the other hand, we are conscious of this horizon only as a horizon for existing objects; without particular objects of con-
sciousness, it cannot be actual [aktuell]. Every object has its possible varying modes of being valid, the modalizations of ontic cer-
tainty. The world, on the other hand, does not exist as an entity, as an object, but exists within such uniqueness that the plural makes
no sense when applied to it. Every plural, and every singular drawn from it, presupposes the world-horizon. This difference between
the manner of being of an object in the world and that of the world itself obviously prescribes fundamentally different correlative
types of consciousness for them (Husserl 1970, pp. 142–143).
* [その目的は、]このあらかじめ与えられてある世界存在者の総体が、われわれにとって主題になりうるさまざまの可
)妥当するものとして「与えられて」いるが、しかしそれらは原理的に物として、つまり 世界地平のうちにある対象とし
方を指定することになる。(Eフッサール、1974年 『ヨーロッパ諸学の危機と超越論的現象学』細谷恒夫・木田元

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Postscript [English translation follows]

Akihiro Yoshida
あとがき 日本の読者に 吉田章宏

ここに掲載する<定義リスト>「現象学の定義23」(英語原文と邦訳)は、その蒐集編集者であるDavid Seamon教

た、「定義23」は、現象学の教育における、生きた教材とすることもできましょう。David Seamon教授により提供され
2019年秋、 邦訳者 吉田章宏 東京大学名誉教授、Ph.D.

Postscript Translation
Akihiro Yoshida
The EAP entry, “23 definitions of phenomenology,” has been generously
permitted, by the original compiler David Seamon, to be republished here,
including the original English phrasings and their Japanese translations. I
translated these definitions from English into Japanese; they are offered
here to all Japanese readers, including researchers and students, for their
free and open use. Whether to study and use phenomenology as a method or
to live and love phenomenology as a life, the understanding of the question
“What is phenomenology?” is vitally important.
This understanding, however, is multi-perspectively varied, as is to be
observed in the range of meaning offered by the “23 definitions of phenom-
enology.” This multiple variety can be understood as expressing the diver-
sity of phenomenology, on one hand, and the wealth of phenomenology as a
whole, on the other. Naturally, this situation could also be understood multi-
perspectively as, for example: (1) to be negatively criticized vs. to be posi-
tively approved; (2) To be worried about as a confusing chaos vs. to be wel-
comed as an enriching diversification; (3) to be integrated to include all in
one family, vs. to be discriminatively determined either to be welcomed or
to be ostracized for maintaining the purity of phenomenology, and so on.
Here again, the views will be multi-perspectively varied.
This situation, however, is not particularly characteristic of current
phenomenology, which is used in many disciplines, even mathematics.
Thus, the free and open discussions, and even heated debates, on the prob-
lematic situations themselves hopefully could make a positive contribution
for the development, in depth and width, of phenomenology. After all, does
not phenomenology, with its use of free imaginative variation—one of its
major original methods—intrinsically treasure multi-perspectivity? Practi-
tioners of phenomenology, to enrich their own lived-worlds,
might/could/would/should vividly imagine the tacit implications of each of
the 23 definitions for their own lived worlds. These practitioners might ini-
tiate active explorations into the works and worlds of the respective writers.
Thus, the “23 definitions” could be adopted as living instructional ma-
terial in the educational practices of phenomenology. Hopefully, these “23
definitions” might help advance phenomenological research in both ways—
to strengthen rigor, on the one hand, and to liberate openness and fruitful
diversity, on the other.
As translator of this “Japanese version,” I sincerely hope that my trans-
lation might contribute in its own way to further the development of phe-
nomenology both in Japan and in the world. And, I cannot help but dream
of a similar set of “definitions” offered someday by Japanese phenomeno-
logical researchers and practitioners.

Questions relating to environmental and architectural phenomenology (from EAP, 2014 [vol. 25, no. 3, p. 4])
Questions relating to phenomenology ❖ Do the “sacred” and the “holy” have a spaces and their relationship to mobility
and related interpretive approaches role in caring for the natural world? For and movement?
and methods: places? For lifeworlds broadly?
❖ What is phenomenology and what does ❖ Can phenomenology contribute to envi- Questions relating to architecture and
it offer to whom? ronmental education? If so, in what environmental design and policy:
❖ What is the state of phenomenological ways? ❖ Can there be a phenomenology of archi-
research today? What are your hopes ❖ Can there be a phenomenology of the tecture and architectural experience and
and concerns regarding phenomenol- two laws of thermodynamics, especially meaning?
ogy? the second law claiming that all activi- ❖ Can phenomenology contribute to bet-
❖ Does phenomenology continue to have ties, left to their own devices, tend to- ter architectural design?
relevance in examining human experi- ward greater disorder and fewer possi- ❖ How do qualities of the designable
ence in relation to world? bilities? Are there ways whereby phe- world—spatiality, materiality, lived
❖ Are there various conceptual and meth- nomenological understanding of life- aesthetics, environmental embodiment
odological modes of phenomenology world might help to reduce the acceler- etc.—contribute to lifeworlds?
and, if so, how can they be categorized ating disordering of natural and human ❖ What are the most pertinent environ-
and described? worlds? mental and architectural features con-
❖ Has phenomenological research been tributing to a lifeworld’s being one way
superseded by other conceptual ap- Questions relating to place, place ex- rather than another?
proaches—e.g., post-structuralism, so- perience, and place meaning: ❖ What role will cyberspace and digital
cial-constructionism, critical theory, re- ❖ Why has the theme of place become an technologies have in 21st-century life-
lationalist and non-representational per- important phenomenological topic? worlds? How will they play a role in
spectives, the various conceptual ❖ Can a phenomenological understanding shaping designed environments, partic-
“turns,” and so forth? of place contribute to better place mak- ularly architecture?
❖ Can phenomenology contribute to mak- ing? ❖ What impact will digital advances and
ing a better world? If so, what are the ❖ Can phenomenology contribute to a virtual realities have on physical em-
most crucial phenomena and topics to generative understanding of place and bodiment, architectural design, and
be explored phenomenologically? place making? real-world places? Will virtual reality
❖ Can phenomenological research offer ❖ What roles do bodily regularity and ha- eventually be able to simulate “real re-
practical results in terms of design, bitual inertia play in the constitution of ality” entirely? If so, how does such a
planning, policy, and advocacy? place and place experience? development transform the nature of
❖ How might phenomenological insights ❖ What are the lived relationships be- lifeworld, natural attitude, place, and ar-
be broadcast in non-typical academic tween place, sustainability, and a re- chitecture?
ways—e.g., through artistic expression, sponsive environmental ethic? ❖ Can virtual worlds become so “real”
theatrical presentation, digital evoca- ❖ How are phenomenological accounts to that they are lived as “real” worlds?
tion, virtual realities, and so forth? respond to post-structural interpreta-
❖ What are the most important aims for tions of space and place as rhizomic and Other potential questions:
future phenomenological research? a “meshwork of paths” (Ingold)? ❖ What is the lived relationship between
❖ Do the various post-structural and so- ❖ Can phenomenological accounts incor- people and the worlds in which they
cial-constructionist criticisms of phe- porate a “progressive sense of place” find themselves?
nomenology—that it is essentialist, argued for by critical theorists like ❖ Can lifeworlds be made to happen self-
masculinist, authoritative, voluntarist, Doreen Massey? consciously? If so, how? Through what
ignorant of power structures, and so ❖ Can phenomenological explications of individual efforts? Through what group
forth—point toward its demise? space and place account for human dif- efforts?
ferences—gender, sexuality, less- ❖ Can a phenomenological education in
Questions relating to the natural abledness, social class, cultural back- lifeworld, place, and environmental em-
world and environmental and ecologi- ground, and so forth? bodiment assist citizens and profession-
cal concerns: ❖ Can phenomenology contribute to the als in better understanding the workings
❖ Can there be a phenomenology of na- politics and ideology of place? and needs of real-world places and
ture and the natural world? ❖ Can a phenomenological understanding thereby contribute to their envisioning
❖ What can phenomenology offer the in- of lived embodiment and habitual iner- and making?
tensifying environmental and ecological tia be drawn upon to facilitate robust ❖ Is it possible to speak of human-rights-
crises we face today? places and to generate mutual support in-place or place justice? If so, would
❖ Can phenomenology contribute to more and awareness among places, especially such a possibility move attention and
sustainable actions and worlds? places that are considerably different supportive efforts toward improving the
❖ Can one speak of a sustainable life- (e.g., different ethnic neighborhoods or places in which people and other living
world? regions)? beings find themselves, rather than fo-
❖ What is a phenomenology of a lived en- ❖ Can phenomenology contribute to mo- cusing only on the rights and needs of
vironmental ethic and who are the key bility, the nature of “flows,” rhizomic individuals and groups without consid-
contributors? spaces, the places of mobility, non- eration of their place context?

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