Philosophy of the City


I am currently writing a book under contract with Routledge. The working title is Philosophy of the Wild City: Expanding Political Spaces.

Due to rapid urbanization, the city is becoming the dominant habitat for people while also engulfing non-human habitats. Animals and plants are finding new ways to adapt to the built environment of urban spaces. But what does it mean to regard the city as simultaneously a wild and civil space? This book focuses on what it means to define the ideal city as the opposite of the wild, as well as how to include the wild in the sphere of the political. The author builds on the Aristotelian notion of the city as a political form of life in which the pleasant and the just are negotiated.

Ideal wild cities incorporate the disruptive agency of non-humans and afford explicit and implicit deliberations on common values and ideals such as aesthetics, healthbiophilialeisurecommunitywildnessordersustainability, and (bio-) diversity. Each chapter of the book analyzes one city and the way these values manifest but also contradict one another in its built urban environment. This ultimately enables a multi-perspectival analysis on the just and the unjust that are at the heart of the city as a political space.