Title

An Applied Mereology of the City: Unifying Science and Philosophy for Urban Planning

Abstract

Based on their research showing that growing cities follow basic principles, two theoretical physicists, Luis Bettencourt and Geoffrey West, call for researchers and professionals to contribute to a grand theory of urban sustainability. In their research, they develop a 'science of the city' to help urban planners address problems that arise from population increases. Although they provide valuable insights for understanding urban sustainability issues, they do not give planners a manageable way to approach such problems. I argue that developing an applied mereology to understand the concept of 'city identity' gives planners a theoretical device for addressing urban affairs, including ethical concerns. In turn, I devise a model of city identity to show how a 'philosophy of the city' contributes to a grand theory of urban sustainability.

Department(s)

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Keywords and Phrases

Applied Mereology; Environmental Justice; Participatory Engagement; Philosophy of the City; Urban Planning

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1353-3452; 1471-5546

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Oct 2016

PubMed ID

26282249

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