Abstract First formalized by geographer Yi-Fu Tuan in 1976, humanistic geography refers to a wide-ranging body of research emphasizing the importance of human experience and meaning in understanding peoples’ relationship with places and geographical For more than fifty years, Yi-Fu Tuan has carried the study of humanistic geography—what John K. Wright early in the twentieth century called geosophy, a blending of geography and philosophy―to new heights, offering with each new book a fresh and often unique intellectual introspection into the human condition.Humanist Geography: An Individual's Search for Meaning, his … Introduction. But it was Tuan (1976) who postulated humanistic geography. Yi-fu Tuan published the first article about humanistic geography, which was collected in Human Geography(1978). "For more than fifty years, Yi-Fu Tuan has carried the study or humanistic geography--what John K. Wright early in the twentieth century called geosophy, a blending of geography and philosophy--to new heights, offering with each new book a fresh and often unique intellectual introspection into the human condition. He is a Chinese-American geographer. Italian . Humanism is a subjective approach which aims at verstehn, i.e., understanding of man in his environment. Humanistic Geography emerged in the Anglo-American discipline during the 1970s. Kirk was the first geographer to advocate a humanistic approach in 1951. Senda 15) edited the Japanese translations of humanistic geography masterpieces from Tuan, Buttimer, and Pocock 16) with detailed comments on the original papers. I was taking a second year class called Humanistic Geography (changed a few years later to Cultural Geography – a sign of the times). Yi‐Fu Tuan's latest book is a defence of individualism aimed at a wide lay readership, “a book on education that could benefit children everywhere” (p. ix). La Natural Forzata (Red./studio redazioanle: Como, 1993), 263 pp. For more than fifty years, Yi-Fu Tuan has carried the study of humanistic geography what John K. Wright early in the twentieth century called geosophy, a blending of geography and philosophy to new heights, offering with each new book a fresh and often unique intellectual introspection into the human condition. First, I should thank my colleagues at the University of Minnesota for their tolerance — and even encouragement — of the humanistic approach to geography. “Subjective experience, fantasy, and taste influence the character of places” – (Buttimer, 1976: 281). Humanistic geography is one of them. As per Tuan, humanistic geography is based on four main principles : Human awareness, humans are aware of his environment, they know the weather, climate, soil, water availability, and other local phenomena. humanistic geographer and examined by the social scientist (Tuan, 1976). 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