This site contains resources for thinking about what public philosophy means in today's age of globalization. Philosophy has something to say about the city, and the city can also instruct philosophy. Here we explore those links.
In particular, this site is intended to be a resource for instructors and students interested in philosophy and the city, especially those who are reading or have read my anthology, Philosophy and the City: Classic to Contemporary Writings, ed. Sharon M. Meagher (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008). A full range of resources is available and keyed to the book's table of contents.
Socrates: "I'm a lover of learning, and trees and open country won't teach me anything, whereas men in the city do." --Plato, Phaedrus, 230d
"Civic culture was born, in ancient Athens and Jerusalem, when intellectuals took their stand in public spaces, and took it on themselves to act as the consciousness and conscience of their cities."--Marshall Berman, "Ruins and Reform: New York Yesterday and Today," Dissent, Fall 1987, 423.
Announcing a new anthology, suitable for college teaching: PHILOSOPHY AND THE CITY: CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY WRITINGS, ed. Sharon M. Meagher State University of New York Press, January 2008 ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7308-5 pbk. 24.95
The definitive source book on philosophy and the city.
Using philosophical works from ancient Greece to contemporary times, Philosophy and the City demonstrates both why philosophy matters to the city and how cities matter to philosophy. The collection addresses questions that remain central to urban planning and everyday urban life, such as, What is a city? What does it mean to be a good citizen? By bringing various perspectives together, Sharon M. Meagher provides readers the opportunity to better understand key philosophical debates concerning not only social and political philosophy but also place and identity formation, aesthetics, philosophy of race and diversity, and environmental philosophy.