Title

A Philosophy of Sidewalks: Reclaiming Promiscuous Public Spaces

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52313-8_17

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Publication Title

Philosophy of Engineering and Technology

Abstract

This paper frames Jane Jacob’s ideas on urban planning in a wider philosophical framework by contrasting two philosophical orientations: control cartesianism and spinozist multiplicity, and their differing attitudes towards diversity and self-organization. Both Jacob’s ideas on urban planning and Spinoza’s philosophy of composite bodies show an awareness of how cohesion and organization can be achieved through the spontaneous workings of diverse elements. These ideas are then re-purposed with the aim of re-defining “smart cities”, not as a brand of high-tech city management, but as cities that, through self-organization, are capable of collective deliberation and agency.

Volume

36

First Page

347

Last Page

364

ISSN

18797202

Identifier

SCOPUS_ID:85101614914

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