Gardening:Cultivating Wisdom - Wiley-Blackwell publishes gardening philosophy book

A new book on the philosophy of gardening - edited by Dan O'Brien and Fritz Allhoff - has been written "by and for the green-thumbed thinker, the practical gardener, the salad gardener, the architect, the archaeologist, and the artist at work among the ferns".

Themes explored in Gardening: Cultivating Wisdom include the search for true happiness ("Cultivating Our Garden: David Hume and Gardening as Therapy), urban and landscape design elements embodied in the creation of Central Park ("The Pragmatic Picturesque: The Philosophy of Central Park"), the principles of aesthetics in the garden setting, and the historical significance of gardening for food ("Brussel Sprouts and Empire: Putting Down Roots").

Contributors draw upon the philosophies of leading thinkers such as Epicurus ("Epicurus, the Garden, and the Golden Age"), Plato ("Gardener of Souls: Philosophical Education in Plato's Phaedrus"), and Confucius.

They build their case from examples from the fields of history, theology ("Escaping Eden: Plant Ethics in a Gardener’s World"), archival studies, musical theory ("Gardens, Music and Time"), art history, anthropology, and classics.

Co-editor Dan O'Brien is a Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham University and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.

Fritz Allhoff is the series editor of the Philosophy for Everyone series and is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University.

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