Philosophy of the Home: Domestic Space and Happiness

Philosophy of the Home: Domestic Space and Happiness


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A bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom – are these rooms all that make a home? Not at all, argues Emanuele Coccia. The buildings we inhabit are of immense psychological and cultural significance. They play a decisive role in human flourishing and, for hundreds of years, their walls and walkways, windows and doorways have guided our relationships with others and with ourselves. They reflect and reinforce social inequalities; they allow us to celebrate and cherish those we love. They are the places of return that allow us to venture out into the world.

In this intimate, elegantly argued account, Coccia shows how the architecture of home has shaped, and continues to shape, our psyches and our societies, before then masterfully leading us towards a more creative, ecological way of dwelling in the world.

Author: Emanuele Coccia
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 208
Material: softcover
ISBN: 9781802061017
Dimensions: 10 × 18 cm