By John Pickles
This booklet offers an important perception into the practices and concepts of maps and map-making. It attracts on quite a lot of social theorists, and theorists of maps and cartography, to teach how maps and map-making have formed the areas within which we live.
Going past the point of interest of conventional cartography, the publication attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their position in tasks of the nationwide and colonial kingdom, emergent capitalism and the planetary recognition of the traditional sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded smooth conceptions of well-being, illness and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.
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Higher hermeneutics takes as its task understanding the meaning of a text, how it related to its own world (and subsequent worlds in which it has had an existence) and how it is to be related to our present world. These claims become clearer when we think of symbols in each of two ways: univocal or equivocal. Likc symhols in symbolic logic or mathematics univocal signs have one designated meaning. In a limited sense cartographic symbols (church, castle, urban area) have often been seen to be univocal symbols in this manner.
It has to be learned and the mapping codes and skills have to be culturally reproduced so that the map is able to present us with a reality that we recognize and know. This known reality is differentiated from the reality we see, hear and feel, and this is the magic and the power of the map. The map does not let us see anything as such. Instead, it lets us see the world how others have seen it and how they want us to see it. The map opens a world to us through systems and codes of sedimented, acculturated knowledge.
Is the text the one it is claimed to be? Is the ascribed authorship correct? Did the text fulfil the role it is claimed to have filled? Is it a coherent whole? What does the text say about its own world? What does the text now mean? What is the relationship between the meaning of a text and the intention of the author in creating it? Given that some of these texts may have been authored by people who are no longer known or who were anonymous at the time of production, that they may have originated in worlds about which we now know little or nothing, and that only fragments may now be extant, are we really able to retrieve the mens auctoris (the author's intention)?