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Title: Spaces of finitude : sensing to the limits for a re-imagining of worldly being
Author: Urry, Georgie
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Thus thesis addresses the need within human geography to attend to the ontological premises ti1at we operate amongst. It acknowledges its humanist position - written by a human, for the human - in order to consider a materialist phenomenological approach which suggests that the human is exposed to the world and that the world is 'under the skin' of the human. Through the work of Jean-Luc Nancy, the thesis proposes that we consider experience in terms of infinitely-finite and individual-worldly selves (a term specific to the thesis), who sense towards the world prior to signifying it. A self's sensory movement towards-the-world is ended by its transition into signification (representation); but, the frequency with which this occurs means that the self is necessarily infinitely finite. This ontological process fragments being and yet coheres it given that it is our participation in each other's finitude (signifying and being signified) that we share in common.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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