Planting the Seed

An Introduction to Gardening – Philosophy for Everyone

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

O'Brien, D. (2010) Planting the Seed, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563

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Keywords:

  • gardening or planting the seed - a philosophy for everyone;
  • Professor David Cooper's A Philosophy of Gardens;
  • gardening, a human activity engaging core philosophical questions - human wellbeing, wisdom, nature of time, metaphysics and religion;
  • gardening, inviting philosophers - to look down from their ivory tower to the gardens around its base;
  • human practice of cultivating plants for their beauty - in varying degrees of formality;
  • older notions of living a good life - as opposed to pleasurable ones;
  • living a good life, a virtuous life - bringing with it not the hedonistic pleasures;
  • gardening, acquiring virtues - and tranquility with its exercise;
  • flower and vegetable competitions - being more than temporary diversions;
  • garden of cosmic speculation in Scotland - reflecting scientific cosmology