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In the end of it all, what is a space if not an intersection of concepts?
Think of a town square in Europe, or Latin America, or a Mall in North America – the image that probably comes to mind contains a number of people, colours, and shops or stores and cafés. The space – here defined as the limits of that area; in the case of a town square the limiting walls that contain the shops, and in a mall the actual extent of the building – is literally the geographic region that is capable of containing/restricting the notion of the ‘area’ and all that can be put in it.
Okay, great. We’ve got a basic notion of a philosophical space. What does that have to do with Levi-Strauss and the title of the last post? Let me sort of explain.
I like the idea of a space, because it can be extended past the limitations of the physical, and exist in an intellectual (epistemological) or symbolic (ontological) sense. The ‘problem,’ I guess, is that it can mean very different things intellectually and symbolically to different people. And here the idea of space becomes applicable to what I was rambling on about last time. Space, in a liberalized occidental democracy, is inherently a transcultural space (or, at the least, a trans-sub-cultural space) that allows for the flowing and exchange of ideas.
That’s a good thing, right?