chapter  6
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An Existential Geography

There is a sentiment shared widely among contemporary social critics and scientists, as well as among various human geographers, that we are now in the midst of a burgeoning ‘crisis of faith’ in the hitherto sacrosanct domain of scientific method and philosphy (Ravetz, 1973; Wail, 1965; Zelinsky, 1975; Buttimer, 1974;Relph, 1970; Tuan, 1971; Mercer and Powell, 1972). Dissatisfaction with positivist epistemology and goals in the study of man has raised the spectre of various new frontiers in social thought and theory. Some of these new frontiers have emerged to challenge and even abandon the spirit of objective, quantitative and deterministic analysis. Their languages often speak with a humanistic syntax that urges a concern for human value, quality, subjectivity, and even spirituality. Some appear thoroughly idealistic and inclined toward the solipsistic.