• ISBN: (Paperback)9780522857139
  • ISBN: (E-Book)9780522860429
  • PUBLISHED:03/Dec/2012
  • IMPRINT:Melbourne University Press
  • SUBJECT:Philosophy

Philosophy In The Garden

Damon Young

  • Paperback $27.99
  • E-Book $12.99

Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his 'thought tree'?

In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young explores one of literature's most intimate relationships: authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude's quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life.
Philosophy in the Garden reveals the profound thoughts discovered in parks, backyards and 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.

About the author

Damon Young is a philosopher and writer, and Honorary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Damon is the author of Distraction. He has written for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the ABC and the BBC, and is a frequent radio guest. Damon has also published poetry and short fiction.

Author links

Follow Damon on Twitter: twitter.com/damonayoung

Visit Damon's blog:  http://damon-young.blogspot.com.au/

 

Download for free a chapter from the book here: 'Collette: Sex and Roses'

 

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