The first edition of Place and Experience established Jeff Malpas as one of the leading philosophers and thinkers of place and space and provided a creative and refreshing alternative to prevailing post-structuralist and postmodern theories of place. It is a foundational and ground-breaking book in its attempt to lay out a sustained and rigorous account of place and its significance.

The main argument of Place and Experience has three strands: first, that human being is inextricably bound to place; second, that place encompasses subjectivity and objectivity, being reducible to neither but foundational to both; and third that place, which is distinct from, but also related to space and time, is methodologically and ontologically fundamental. The development of this argument involves considerations concerning the nature of place and its relation to space and time; the character of that mode of philosophical investigation that is oriented to place and that is referred to as ‘philosophical topography’; the nature of subjectivity and objectivity as inter-related concepts that also connect with intersubjectivity; and the way place is tied to memory, identity, and the self. Malpas draws on a rich array of writers and philosophers, including Wordsworth, Kant, Proust, Heidegger and Donald Davidson.

This second edition is revised throughout, including a new chapter on place and technological modernity, especially the seeming loss of place in the contemporary world, and a new Foreword by Edward Casey. It also includes a new set of additional features, such as illustrations, annotated further reading, and a glossary, which make this second edition more useful to teachers and students alike.

chapter |22 pages


The influence of place

chapter 1|25 pages

The obscurity of place

chapter 2|33 pages

The structure of spatiality

chapter 3|21 pages

Holism, content, and self

chapter 4|17 pages

Unity, locality, and agency

chapter 5|25 pages

Agency and objectivity

chapter 6|17 pages

Self and the space of others

chapter 7|18 pages

The unity and complexity of place

chapter 8|21 pages

Place, past, and person

chapter 9|12 pages

Place and world

chapter |5 pages


Topography and the place of philosophy