This book examines intellectual curiosity as the driving force in scholarly endeavor on the borderlands of geography, history, anthropology, and other disciplines. The premise is that curiosity is a salient trait of certain people past and present and that each field has its exemplars in this regard. For Carl O. Sauer (1889-1975), America's leading geographer of the twentieth century, and his intellectual descendants, the inquisitive spirit stood high on the list of indispensable scholarly attributes. Their curiosity-driven studies converging space, time, ecology, and culture involved a fluid and unpredictable process of intellectual discovery. This book, combining the empirical with the philosophical and reflexive, describes how the power of intrinsic motivation and the thread of a romantic consciousness blend with the joy of polymathic exploration.
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 307
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 mm
Edition: New edition
"An insightful tour de force by one of the most traveled and cosmopolitan scholars in cultural and historical geography." (Stanley D. Brunn, University of Kentucky)
"`Rara libris!' Providing abundant and compelling examples drawn from his own work and others', a master cultural geographer explores curiosity as the mainspring of inspired scholarship. Provocative, perceptive, and highly original." (Kent Mathewson, Louisiana State University)