Saturday, February 2, 2013

Another (critical) stroll in the garden...

Sartre's nausea tree: the chestnut
Philosophy in the Garden is reviewed in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald today, in 'Grounds for thought'.

Like Miriam Cosic in The Australian, Peter Timms, author of Hobart, compares my book to strolling: "in a luxuriant garden with an erudite friend, although one of a literary rather than horticultural bent."

Timms recognises the limits of 'pop' philosophy, but rightly describes my book as a "primer":
Think of this engaging little book... as a philosophical primer, an approachable introduction to ideas about gardens and the natural world, of which at least some are bound to be unfamiliar and counter-intuitive.
Nietzsche was not only concerned, as Timms writes, with "wild nature". Like the Italian orchard, the philosopher's 'free spirits' were brutal but carefully cultivated: what Nietzsche called 'style'.

I'm particularly chuffed that Timms likes the chapter on Sartre, whom I included as an "anti-gardener" (to use Timms' well-chosen words).

(Photo: John Parkin)

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