Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 6, Issue 3/4, Fall/Winter 1999

James Conlon
Pages 43-49

Cities and the Place of Philosophy

This essay takes seriously Heidegger’s claim that a given place influences what gets built in it, which both expresses and creates how we dwell in that place. This in turn is a guiding metaphor for how we think about ourselves as dwellers, which for Heidegger is the true nature of philosophy. I argue that philosophy itself is most fully supported in an urban, city environment.