Readership: Students and researchers in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, cultural studies, and studies of the human environment; general readers interested in the history, theory, and aesthetics of the garden.
David E. Cooper, Durham University
"Cooper's A Philosophy of the Garden is a fine and stimulating study that is highly accessible even for those foreign to the field of philosophy. The study nicely grasps the aesthetic distinctiveness of gardens in a way that demonstrates the ultimate inadequacy of such labels as 'nature ,' 'art', or even 'nature and art' - the garden stands on its own ground." - Marie-Luise Egbert ZAA
"an intricately argued, beautifully nuanced and highly sensitive analysis of what gardens mean and what sort of enterprise they are . . . David E. Cooper has written a book that anyone who wants to understand gardening, our relationship with nature, and the arts will want to read." - Mara Miller, Journal of Aesthetics and Art
"Cooper's performance is impressive" - Jennifer Potter, Times Literary Supplement
"This is a challenging book intellectually, but eminently readable...and would make an excellent Christmas present for any thinking gardener." - Tim Richardson, Daily Telegraph
"Durham University's David Cooper has a good stab at filling this 'green gap' in a book which places garden appreciation on the same level as the appreciation of literature ... Cooper argues a strong case for placing gardening at the centre of any 'good' or ethical life ... He certainly makes you think." - The Northern Echo
"'intriguing'" - Neville Hawcock, Financial Times Magazine
by non-philosophers and as well as philosophers...contains many interesting citations from a host of historical, philosophical and religious authorities." - Philosophers' Magazine
1: Taking Gardens Seriously
2: Art or Nature?
4: Gardens, People, and Practices
5: Gardens and the Good Life
6: The Meaning of Gardens
7: The Garden as Epiphany
8: Conclusion: The Garden's Distinction