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Gardening: Cultivating Wisdom
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GARDENING: CULTIVATING WISDOM

PAPERBACK BY O'BRIEN, DAN; ALLHOFF, FRITZ; COOPER, DAVID E.

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9781444330212
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JOHN WILEY AND SONS LTD
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PAGES
264 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
24 SEP 2010

DESCRIPTION

Philosophy and gardens have been closely connected from the dawn of philosophy, with many drawing on their beauty and peace for philosophical inspiration. Gardens in turn give rise to a broad spectrum of philosophical questions. For the green-fingered thinker, this book reflects on a whole host of fascinating philosophical themes. * Gardens and philosophy present a fascinating combination of subjects, historically important, and yet scarcely covered within the realms of philosophy * Contributions come from a wide range of authors, ranging from garden writers and gardeners, to those working in architecture, archaeology, archival studies, art history, anthropology, classics and philosophy * Essays cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from Epicurus and Confucius to the aesthetics and philosophy of Central Park * Offers new perspectives on the experience and evaluation of gardens

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements (Dan O'Brien). Foreword (David E. Cooper). Planting the Seed: An Introduction to Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (Dan O'Brien). Part I: The Good Life 1 The Virtues of Gardening (Isis Brook). 2 Cultivating the Soul: The Ethics of Gardening in Ancient Greece and Rome (Meghan T. Ray). 3 Escaping Eden: Plant Ethics in a Gardener's World (Matthew Hall). 4 Food Glorious Food (Helene Gammack). Part II: Flower Power 5 Plants, Prayers and Power: The Story of the First Mediterranean Gardens (Jo Day). 6 Brussels Sprouts and Empire: Putting Down Roots (Michael Moss). 7 Transplanting Liberty: Lafayette's American Garden (Laura Auricchio). 8 Cockney Plots: Allotments and Grassroots Political Activism (Elizabeth A. Scott). Part III: The Flower Show 9 Hortus Incantans: Gardening as an Art of Enchantment (Eric MacDonald). 10 Gardens, Music and Time (Ismay Barwell and John Powell). 11 The Pragmatic Picturesque: The Philosophy of Central Park (Gary Shapiro). Part IV: The Cosmic Garden 12 Illusions of Grandeur: A Harmonious Garden for the Sun King (Robert Neuman). 13 Time and Temporality in the Garden (Mara Miller). 14 Cultivating Our Garden: David Hume and Gardening as Therapy (Dan O'Brien). Part V: Philosophers' Gardens 15 The Garden of the Aztec Philosopher-King (Susan Toby Evans). 16 Epicurus, the Garden, and the Golden Age (Gordon Campbell). 17 Gardener of Souls: Philosophical Education in Plato's Phaedrus (Anne Cotton). Appendix A: Notes on Contributors.