Spatial knowledge is phenomenal

Knowledge about space is intellectual, but knowledge of space is phenomenal.

We know landscapes in the same way we know what it is like to see a color or feel a sensation. The ability to consciously reason against that knowledge is different than the ability to practically use or experience it.


Mørch, Hedda Hassel. “Phenomenal Knowledge Why: The Explanatory Knowledge Argument Against Physicalism.” The Knowledge Argument, edited by Sam Coleman, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Golledge, Reginald G. “The Nature of Geographic Knowledge.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 92, no. 1, 2002, pp. 1–14.

Eliot 2000 says that “knowledge of space is phenomenal, knowledge about space is intellectual.” p.1