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A Philosophy of Gardens

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Why do gardens matter so much and mean so much to people? That is the intriguing question to which David Cooper seeks an answer in this book. Given the enthusiasm for gardens in human civilization ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, it is surpri … weiterlesen
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Titel: A Philosophy of Gardens
Autor/en: David E. Cooper

ISBN: 0199290342
EAN: 9780199290345
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

März 2006 - gebunden - 173 Seiten

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Why do gardens matter so much and mean so much to people? That is the intriguing question to which David Cooper seeks an answer in this book. Given the enthusiasm for gardens in human civilization ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, it is surprising that the question has been so long neglected by modern philosophy. Now at last there is a philosophy of gardens. David Cooper identifies garden appreciation as a special human phenomenon distinct from both from the appreciation of art and the appreciation of nature. He discusses the contribution of gardening and other garden-related pursuits to "the good life." And he distinguishes the many kinds of meanings that gardens may have, from their representation of nature to their spiritual significance. A Philosophy of Gardens will open up this subject to students and scholars of aesthetics, ethics, and cultural and environmental studies, and to anyone with a reflective interest in things horticultural.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. Taking Gardens Seriously; 2. Art or Nature?; 3. Art-and-Nature; 4. Gardens, People, and Practices; 5. Gardens and the Good Life; 6. The Meaning of Gardens; 7. The Garden as Epiphany; 8. Conclusion: The Garden's Distinction

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Cooper's A Philosophy of the Garden is a fine and stimulating study that is highly accessible even for those foreign to the field of philosophy. The study nicely grasps the aesthetic distinctiveness of gardens in a way that demonstrates the ultimate inadequacy of such labels as 'nature ,' 'art', or even 'nature and art' - the garden stands on its own ground. Marie-Luise Egbert ZAA an intricately argued, beautifully nuanced and highly sensitive analysis of what gardens mean and what sort of enterprise they are ... David E. Cooper has written a book that anyone who wants to understand gardening, our relationship with nature, and the arts will want to read. Mara Miller, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism Cooper's performance is impressive Jennifer Potter, Times Literary Supplement This is a challenging book intellectually, but eminently readable...and would make an excellent Christmas present for any thinking gardener. Tim Richardson, Daily Telegraph Durham University's David Cooper has a good stab at filling this 'green gap' in a book which places garden appreciation on the same level as the appreciation of literature ... Cooper argues a strong case for placing gardening at the centre of any 'good' or ethical life ... He certainly makes you think. The Northern Echo 'intriguing' Neville Hawcock, Financial Times Magazine eminently readable by non-philosophers and as well as philosophers...contains many interesting citations from a host of historical, philosophical and religious authorities. Philosophers' Magazine
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