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A Cartographic Turn? Bridging the Gap between Sciences and Technologies of the Inhabited Space

Modern cartography, grounded in the Euclidean concept of space and the mathematization of its language, has laid the foundation of academic geography and promoted its epistemic emergence as a scientific discipline. Developments over the last decades and the “spatial turn” in the social sciences have innovated the discipline, opening up a new gap between geography and cartography, which despite its technological apparatus seems regressive and old-fashioned. Their reconciliation calls for a re-thinking of the philosophical basis of cartography, to be achieved by tapping Leibniz and Heidegger’s concepts of space, in order to turn the map into the expression of a dialogical systemism able to represent relationships in social world.

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