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Philosophy In The Garden

Philosophy In The Garden (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Young, Damon

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Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing in Chawton, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his Italian Gedankenbaum, 'thought tree'? In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young reveals some of literature's most intimate rela...tionships: between authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude's quiet counsel. But it also played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life. With lively prose and stories of great authors, Young shows how gardens are more than pretty ornaments, or hobbies to kill the hours. They console or confront, calm or animate, tease or test they can be an antidote to distraction and disorientation. Philosophy in the Garden reveals the profound ideas hidden in plain sight: in parks, backyards, pot-plants. It does not provide tips for mowing overgrown cooch grass, or mulching a dry Japanese maple. It is a philosophical companion to the garden's labours and joys.
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ISBN 9780522857139
Published AU 3 Dec 2012
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780522857139
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Imprint Melbourne University Press
Published 3 Dec 2012
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Young, Damon
Category Philosophy
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 299.00
Weight 209g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade;General/trade