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A philosophy of gardens

Author: David E Cooper
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Not only is this a fascinating subject in its own  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David E Cooper
ISBN: 0199290342 9780199290345 9780199238880 019923888X
OCLC Number: 61687623
Description: viii, 173 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Taking gardens seriously --
Art or nature? --
Art-and-Nature --
Gardens, people, and practices --
Gardens and the good life --
The meaning of gardens --
The garden as epiphany --
Conclusion : The Garden's Distinction.
Responsibility: David E. Cooper.
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Why do gardens matter so much and mean so much to people? Seeking an answer to this question, this book identifies garden appreciation as a special human phenomenon distinct from both the  Read more...

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