chapter  7
15 Pages

Idealism

Over the past two decades the discipline of geography has undergone many changes associated with the adoption of new techniques and ideas. The ‘quantitative revolution’, theoretical geography, behaviourism, Marxism and phenomenology are some of the movements and themes that have transformed the modern discipline. The discipline has changed from a relatively cohesive field into an incredibly diverse collection of related and unrelated topical studies held together, if at all, by a common concern with spatial relationships. With the proliferation of new approaches and methods, the traditional concern of the geographer with the earth as the home of man, with man/land relationships and with landscapes and regions has been largely neglected. An important reason for the decline of interest in the traditional core area of the discipline has been the lack of an appropriate philosophy and methodology for such studies. A methodology based on the philosophy of idealism, I believe, cotrid provide the foundation of a revitalised, ‘traditional’ geography which is both academically coherent and intellectually stimulating.