Abysmal: A Critique of Cartographic Reason by Gunnar Olsson

By Gunnar Olsson

Humans depend on cause to consider and navigate the summary global of human family members in a lot an analogous manner they depend upon maps to review and traverse the actual global. ranging from that easy statement, well known geographer Gunnar Olsson bargains in Abysmal an astonishingly erudite critique of ways human proposal and motion became deeply immersed within the rhetoric of cartography and the way this cartographic reasoning permits the strong to map out different people’s lives.A spectacular examining of Western philosophy, faith, and mythology that pulls on early maps and atlases, Plato, Kant, and Wittgenstein, Thomas Pynchon, Gilgamesh, and Marcel Duchamp, Abysmal is itself a minimalist consultant to the terrain of Western tradition. Olsson roams largely yet consistently returns to the issues inherent in cause, to question the superseded assumptions and stuck principles that pondering cartographically includes. a piece of ambition, scope, and sharp wit, Abysmal will entice an eclectic audience—to geographers and cartographers, but additionally to a person attracted to the background of principles, tradition, and artwork. (20061024)

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The Lord spread his net and made it encircle her, To her face he dispatched the [Evil] wind, which had been behind: Tiamat opened her mouth to swallow it, And he forced in the [Evil] wind so that she could not close her lips. Fierce winds distended her belly; W H E N A B OV E Her insides were constipated and she stretched her mouth wide. He shot an arrow which pierced her belly, Split her down the middle and slit her heart. Vanquished her and extinguished her life. 16 [For the rest of the troops] He imprisoned them and broke their weapons.

21 Yet another case of ontological transformation, yet another instance of invisible ideology turned into touchable stone, the Earth made a mirror of Heaven, the Heaven itself a material projection of social relations. ”22 And yet. For absolute rulers enough is never enough. Moved by the desire to create a work of consummate art, Marduk conceives a plan designed to solidify his position and perpetuate his rule. To placate the supporters he promises that they will never need to work again, that after the next election leisure will be their blessed lot.

In return for their new-won freedom the once- W H E N A B OV E defeated erected yet another temple above the abyss, this time in honor of their conqueror turned benefactor. As a token of appreciation the latter in return invited them to yet another celebration, for the first time featuring nothing but black-headed waiters. And next morning the entire congregation was taken on a tour through the Hall of Armory, where the intricate construction of the net was explained and the workmanship admired.

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