Perí-pherein, the European Necessity to Think a Different Political Act

There is nothing more vague and ambiguous than the concept of the suburb; it cannot exist on its own, it can only do so in connection with the center, in a never-ending and repetitive connection of meanings, a spiral of reciprocal definitions that Saint Thomas Aquinas called infinitum ad quem.

There are suburbs that inevitably gravitate towards a single center, while others have more than one. The history of Western civilization, as per intended by the French scholar Fernand Braudel, is about a series of processes of centrage-recentrage, of birth, ascent, and decline of centers that were, at the same time, epicenters of big economic empires and suburbs, both external and internal.

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Post Author: Andra Visan

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