Sunday, July 27, 2014

Civilised leisure: capitalism, free time and the garden

While I was in Amsterdam for the 'G8 of Philosophy', I gave a talk on capitalism, free time and the intellectual value of the garden.

Drawing on the life of Leonard Woolf, detailed in my Philosophy in the Garden (Filosoferen in de Tuin in the Netherlands, Voltaire's Vine in the UK), I showed how the garden's combination of humanity and nature is an invitation to reflection and reverie. It is, in short, a kind of civilised leisure.

You can now watch an edited video of the talk, produced by Jos de Putter, on De Correspondent.

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