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Gardens and Ethics

  • Marcello Di Paola
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Part of the The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics book series (LEAF, volume 25)

Abstract

This chapter argues that working in gardens can disclose and enable the exploration of important sources of meaning in and for our lives in the Anthropocene. This will happen in the process of developing and exercising attitudinal and behavioural dispositions that are enabled and required by the correct performance of the practice of gardening. Such process moulds character and is in turn reinforced by the character that it moulds – by the behavioral and attitudinal dispositions that it enables and requires individuals to develop and exercise. These dispositions are the virtues of gardening. Six of these virtues are thematically discussed.

Keywords

Urban gardens Urban gardening Anthropocene Plants Virtues Meaning Practice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcello Di Paola
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  1. 1.Center for Ethics and Global PoliticsLUISS UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity Of ViennaViennaAustria

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