Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Philosopher, Dan O'Brien book published

Monday, 21 February 2011

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Dan O’Brien’ has had his latest book published. Philosophy for Everyone: Gardening, is written by and for the green-thumbed thinker, the practical gardener, the salad gardener ("Food Glorious Food"), the architect, the archaeologist, and the artist at work among the ferns. The essays unearth a collection of themes such as the search for true happiness ("Cultivating Our Garden: David Hume and Gardening as Therapy), urban and landscape design elements embodied in the creation of Central Park ("The Pragmatic Picturesque: The Philosophy of Central Park"), the principles of aesthetics in the garden setting, and the historical significance of gardening for food ("Brussel Sprouts and Empire: Putting Down Roots") Dan has also written An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, A Critique of Naturalistic Philosophies of Mind: Rationality and the Open-Ended Nature of Interpretation and Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: Reader’s Guide (with Alan Bailey). Philosophy for Everyone: Gardening is published by Blackwell’s, priced £11.99