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‘Richard Mabey suggested that the “greatest legacy” of The Natural History of Selborne was a “blending” of scientific responses to nature with emotional ones, including “respect” for living things and a sense of “kindredness” with them.’

‘In its sensitivity to the “reverberations” of things, as Bachelard puts it, reverie is a way we “open up the world to ourselves” and enter “the space of elsewhere”.’

David Cooper’s review of:

Richard Mabey
How vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature

David E. Cooper is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. He is the author of A Philosophy of Gardens, 2006, and has recently completed a book on Daoism and people’s relationship with nature.


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