An Applied Mereology of the City: Unifying Science and Philosophy for Urban Planning
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.
Epting, S. R. (2016). An Applied Mereology of the City: Unifying Science and Philosophy for Urban Planning. Science and Engineering Ethics, 22(5), pp. 1361-1374. Springer Netherlands.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-015-9696-3
Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
Keywords and Phrases
Applied Mereology; Environmental Justice; Participatory Engagement; Philosophy of the City; Urban Planning
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Article - Journal
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01 Oct 2016