A Philosophy of Gardens

Author: David E. Cooper
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199290342
Category: Philosophy
Page: 173
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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 right, it also provides a reminder that the subject-matter ofaesthetics is broader than the fine arts; that ethics is not just about moral issues but about 'the good life'; and that environmental philosophy should not focus only on 'wilderness' to the exclusion of the humanly shaped environment.David Cooper identifies garden appreciation as a special human phenomenon distinct from both from the appreciation of art and the appreciation of nature. He explores the importance of various 'garden-practices' and shows how not only gardening itself, but activities to which the garden especially lends itself, including social and meditative activities, contribute to the good life. And he distinguishes the many kinds of meanings that gardens may have, from representation of nature to emotionalexpression, from historical significance to symbolization of a spiritual relationship to the world. Building on the familiar observation that, among human beings' creations, the garden is peculiarly dependent on the co-operation of nature, Cooper argues that the garden matters as an epiphany of anintimate co-dependence between human creative activity in the world and the 'mystery' that allows there to be a world for them at all.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.

Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure

The Philosophy of Individuality
Author: Rosemary Brant
Publisher: Astrolog
ISBN: 9789654942065
Category: Philosophy
Page: 93
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The ancient wanderer Yang Chu's philosophy is published for the first time in modern English in this series of debates about makings of the good life. Yang Chu, known alternately as "the philosopher of pleasure and contentment," has a deep concern with enjoying life to the fullest and argues that true egoism does not center on seeking fame or glory, but rather the development of the individual. By allowing the inner voice and senses to grow, Yang Chu explains, the ability to take pleasure in the simple aspects of life grows as well.

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Cultivating Wisdom
Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444341423
Category: Philosophy
Page: 264
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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

A Philosophy of Gardening

Author: Katherine Casbeer
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 059529622X
Category: Gardening
Page: 64
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There's more to a garden than meets the eye. Yet in the end it's the eye that counts. Everything adds up to beauty. Things that might otherwise be overlooked are all components of the beautiful flower garden. I hope to challenge and entice the reader to enjoy and partake of the Chinese proverb; "If one is to be happy all of his life-first plant a garden." Katherine Casbeer

A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture

Past, Present, Future
Author: David Wang
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317505662
Category: Architecture
Page: 212
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A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture: Past, Present, Future examines the impact of Chinese philosophy on China’s historic structures, as well as on modern Chinese urban aesthetics and architectural forms. For architecture in China moving forward, author David Wang posits a theory, the New Virtualism, which links current trends in computational design with long-standing Chinese philosophical themes. The book also assesses twentieth-century Chinese architecture through the lenses of positivism, consciousness (phenomenology), and linguistics (structuralism and poststructuralism). Illustrated with over 70 black-and-white images, this book establishes philosophical baselines for assessing architectural developments in China, past, present and future.

The Philosophy of the Garden of Eden

Author: Leo Bash
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557573610
Page: 220
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This booklet begins with a phenomenon science has not satisfactorily explained by natural causes. The inspiration and power which drove the writer into what appeared to be a tremendous and insurmountable undertaking was a VISION. Can you believe that?

Arboretum America

A Philosophy of the Forest
Author: Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472068517
Category: Nature
Page: 196
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A passionately intelligent, exquisitely illustrated guide to the native trees of the North American continent that offers an informative and entertaining blueprint for rebuilding the biosphere


An Essay on the Human Condition
Author: Robert Pogue Harrison
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226317862
Category: Religion
Page: 262
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Humans have long turned to gardens—both real and imaginary—for sanctuary from the frenzy and tumult that surrounds them. Those gardens may be as far away from everyday reality as Gilgamesh’s garden of the gods or as near as our own backyard, but in their very conception and the marks they bear of human care and cultivation, gardens stand as restorative, nourishing, necessary havens. With Gardens, Robert Pogue Harrison graces readers with a thoughtful, wide-ranging examination of the many ways gardens evoke the human condition. Moving from from the gardens of ancient philosophers to the gardens of homeless people in contemporary New York, he shows how, again and again, the garden has served as a check against the destruction and losses of history. The ancients, explains Harrison, viewed gardens as both a model and a location for the laborious self-cultivation and self-improvement that are essential to serenity and enlightenment, an association that has continued throughout the ages. The Bible and Qur’an; Plato’s Academy and Epicurus’s Garden School; Zen rock and Islamic carpet gardens; Boccaccio, Rihaku, Capek, Cao Xueqin, Italo Calvino, Ariosto, Michel Tournier, and Hannah Arendt—all come into play as this work explores the ways in which the concept and reality of the garden has informed human thinking about mortality, order, and power. Alive with the echoes and arguments of Western thought, Gardens is a fitting continuation of the intellectual journeys of Harrison’s earlier classics, Forests and The Dominion of the Dead. Voltaire famously urged us to cultivate our gardens; with this compelling volume, Robert Pogue Harrison reminds us of the nature of that responsibility—and its enduring importance to humanity. "I find myself completely besotted by a new book titled Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition, by Robert Pogue Harrison. The author . . . is one of the very best cultural critics at work today. He is a man of deep learning, immense generosity of spirit, passionate curiosity and manifold rhetorical gifts."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune "This book is about gardens as a metaphor for the human condition. . . . Harrison draws freely and with brilliance from 5,000 years of Western literature and criticism, including works on philosophy and garden history. . . . He is a careful as well as an inspiring scholar."—Tom Turner, Times Higher Education "When I was a student, my Cambridge supervisor said, in the Olympian tone characteristic of his kind, that the only living literary critics for whom he would sell his shirt were William Empson and G. Wilson Knight. Having spent the subsequent 30 years in the febrile world of academic Lit. Crit. . . . I’m not sure that I’d sell my shirt for any living critic. But if there had to be one, it would unquestionably be Robert Pogue Harrison, whose study Forests: The Shadow of Civilization, published in 1992, has the true quality of literature, not of criticism—it stays with you, like an amiable ghost, long after you read it. “Though more modest in scope, this new book is similarly destined to become a classic. It has two principal heroes: the ancient philosopher Epicurus . . . and the wonderfully witty Czech writer Karel Capek, apropos of whom it is remarked that, whereas most people believe gardening to be a subset of life, ‘gardeners, including Capek, understand that life is a subset of gardening.’”—Jonathan Bate, The Spectator

Garden History

Philosophy and Design, 2000 BC--2000 AD
Author: Tom Turner
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415317495
Category: Architecture
Page: 294
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An updated version of this book is now available as European Gardens (2011), also by Tom Turner. Expanding into other regions are Asian Gardens (2010) and the forthcoming British Gardens, both also by Turner and published by Routledge. Tom Turner, well-known teacher and writer in landscape architecture, garden design and garden history here explores more than 150 gardens over four millennia of Western garden design. He considers the why, the what, the how and the where of garden design by tracing the development of gardens through history and across social, political and philosophical boundaries. Fully illustrated throughout, each chapter critically examines a particular type of garden both as part of a wider socio-political context and as an aesthetic entity, asking how the design of each garden reflects the philosophical approach of its creator. Inspirational, reflective and informative, this book brings together knowledge and understanding from a diverse range of related interests to add depth and breadth to a fascinating subject.

A Philosophy of Human Hope

Author: J.J. Godfrey
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400934998
Category: Philosophy
Page: 272
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Few reference works in philosophy have articles on hope. Few also are systematic or large-scale philosophical studies of hope. Hope is admitted to be important in people's lives, but as a topic for study, hope has largely been left to psychologists and theologians. For the most part philosophers treat hope en passant. My aim is to outline a general theory of hope, to explore its structure, forms, goals, reasonableness, and implications, and to trace the implications of such a theory for atheism or theism. What has been written is quite disparate. Some see hope in an individualistic, often existential, way, and some in a social and political way. Hope is proposed by some as essentially atheistic, and by others as incomprehensible outside of one or another kind of theism. Is it possible to think consistently and at the same time comprehensively about the phenomenon of human hoping? Or is it several phenomena? How could there be such diverse understandings of so central a human experience? On what rational basis could people differ over whether hope is linked to God? What I offer here is a systematic analysis, but one worked out in dialogue with Ernst Bloch, Immanuel Kant, and Gabriel Marcel. Ernst Bloch of course was a Marxist and officially an atheist, Gabriel Marcel a Christian theist, and Immanuel Kant was a theist, but not in a conventional way.

Der Garten der Abendnebel

Author: Twan Eng Tan
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 342642875X
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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Die angesehene Richterin Teoh Yun Ling, deren Erinnerungskraft schwindet, will sich noch einmal mit ihrer Vergangenheit auseinandersetzen. Kurz nach dem Krieg arbeitet sie, die einzige Überlebende eines japanischen Internierungslagers, als Anwältin für ein Tribunal, das japanische Kriegsverbrechen ahndet. Auch der Tod ihrer Schwester lässt sie nicht zur Ruhe kommen. Sie will für diese ein Denkmal schaffen. Da ihre Schwester eine Liebhaberin der japanischen Gartenkunst war, geht Yun Ling trotz ihres Hasses auf die Japaner bei dem japanischen Gärtner Aritomo in die Lehre. Aritomo, der einst Gärtner des japanischen Tenno war, verbirgt aber ein dunkles Geheimnis.

The Concept of Scientific Law in the Philosophy of Science and Epistemology

A Study of Theoretical Reason
Author: Igor Hanzel
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401732655
Category: Science
Page: 230
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The author argues that a reconstruction of scientific laws should give an account of laws relating phenomena to underlying mechanisms generating them, as well as of laws relating this mechanism to its inherent capacities. While contemporary philosophy of science deals only with the former, the author provides the concept for the reconstruction of scientific laws, where the knowledge of the phenomena enables one to grasp the quantity of their cause. He then provides the concepts for scientific laws dealing with the relation of the quantity and quality of the cause underlying phenomena to the quality and quantity of its capacities. Finally, he provides concepts for scientific laws expressing how a certain cause, due to the quantity and quality of its capacities, generates the quantitative and qualitative determinations of its manifestations. The book is intended for philosophers of science and philosophers of social science, as well as for natural and social scientists.

The Philosophy of the Bible as Foundation of Jewish Culture

Philosophy of biblical narrative
Author: Eliezer Schweid
Publisher: Academic Studies PRess
ISBN: 1934843008
Category: Philosophy
Page: 212
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Every generation must read the Bible afresh. Israeli philosopher and public intellectual Eliezer Schweid offers his own bold reading, breaking with old stereotypes and challenging today's readers--both Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and secular--to confront the Book of Books anew. What kind of God does the Bible portray? What is the world's origin and purpose? What is our task in it as human beings in relation to ourselves, our families, our compatriots, the human race, and the world itself? How do the days of creation unfold into the days, years, and generations of human history? What is special about Israel, and what are the limits of that quality? What can we learn about the achievements and failings of the Biblical heroes and heroines to guide our own lives? The author addresses all these issues and more with originality, insight, warmth, and humor.

The Philosophy of Social Science

An Introduction
Author: Martin Hollis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521447805
Category: Philosophy
Page: 268
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An introduction to the philosophy of social science from a well-known author.

Meaning and Saying

Essays in the Philosophy of Language
Author: Frank B. Ebersole
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462807451
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
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