‘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:
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.