Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living
philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original
work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism
to architecture, urbanism and the experience of everyday life. "The
Production of Space" is his major philosophical work and its
translation has been long awaited by scholars in many different
The book is a search for a reconciliation between mental space
(the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and
social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his
exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological
considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the
everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge
the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the
mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality. In doing
so, he ranges through art, literature, architecture and economics,
and further provides a powerful antidote to the sterile and
obfuscatory methods and theories characteristic of much recent
This is a work of great vision and incisiveness. It is also
characterized by its author's wit and by anecdote, as well as by a
deftness of style which Donald Nicholson-Smith's sensitive
translation precisely captures.
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