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The Condition of Premodernity

Steinberg, P.E.

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In ‘Air’s Affinities’, Peter Adey (2015) adopts a premodern approach wherein an object’s elemental essence can be read directly from subjective encounter. This perspective effectively engages the material without endorsing determinism, the essential without endorsing the analytics of science and the power of the encounter without endorsing the radical subjectivity of phenomenology. However, it strips observation and analysis of its potential for critique, instead endorsing an outlook that is, at root, theological in its dependence on faith for understanding unobservable and unexplainable processes, elements, essences and affinities.


Steinberg, P. (2015). The Condition of Premodernity. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(1), 95-97.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 28, 2014
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 4, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 4, 2016
Journal Dialogues in Human Geography
Print ISSN 2043-8206
Electronic ISSN 2043-8214
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 95-97


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Copyright Statement
Steinberg, P.E. (2015) 'The condition of premodernity.', Dialogues in human geography., 5 (1). pp. 95-97. Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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