Isis Brook

Isis Brook
Crossfields Institute · Research Fellow

PhD
Currently writing on the human - plant relationship and have recently set up a web page http://isisbrook.uk

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November 2010 - March 2015
Writtle College
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  • Head of Learning and Teaching
October 2005 - October 2010
University of Central Lancashire
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  • Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
October 2000 - October 2005
Lancaster University
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  • Director of Distance Learnig

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The Goethean method is presented in an accessible way as a series of practical steps that guide the reader into a deeper relationship to any aspect of the farm. Using the example of working with a plant, this chapter takes the reader on a journey that can help them to develop, what Goethe called, new organs of perception. At the heart of this metho...
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's scientific approach countered both the prevailing vitalism and mechanistic ways of seeing the world which dominated the science of his time (1749-1832). His approach was of an informed holism that did not reject science but aimed to direct its path towards a more sensitive appreciation of the generative power of nature....
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This paper examines the role of ethics in addressing aspects of ecological restoration in culturally-saturated landscapes. Do we have the ethical tools to respond to the complex questions that restoration poses? We can see valued landscapes, such as the English Lake District, as culturally rich or as ecologically denuded. This paper will juxtapose...
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How should we live in the world such that we have culturally enriching and worthwhile lives when the material and social fabric of our situation does nothing to nurture or sustain the kinds of relationships with each other and with nature that would seem to be a prerequisite for a healthy life? This chapter examines the claim that there are compens...
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Comparing the nature encounters of Gerald Durrell with our current climate of ‘stranger danger’, health and safety neurosis, and the beguilement and blunting of the senses by technological advances presents a worrying picture of a new era of nature and culture deprivation. However, even in the most unlikely places, a rich engagement with nature can...
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What Counts as a GardenHow Gardening Improves the LandHow Gardening Improves UsNotes
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Literature on place makes use of concepts like authenticity and is often structured around a critique of homogeneity or placelessness. This critique is reinforced by the discourse of conservation biology with its emphasis on protecting biodiversity and condemning some non-native species. However, a common emotional response of humans, when they are...
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The picturesque is usually interpreted as an admiration of 'picture-like,' and thus inauthentic, nature. In contrast, this paper sets out an interpretation that is more in accord with the contemporary love of wildness. This paper will briefly cover some garden history in order to contextualize the discussion and proceed by reassessing the picturesq...
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Through a number of examples of environmental interventions, this paper makes the claim that the unauthorised nature of some interventions is an integral part of their aesthetic quality. This does not mean that all such interventions have these qualities - only that the regulation of what can be done where and by whom could endanger the production...
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Philosophical concerns about restoring landscapes often revolve around two, connected, issues. First is the idea that a restored landscape, even if it is a perfect replica, has lost some of its value. The claim might appeal to a break in the continuity of the landscape and that continuity is part of what is valuable. Alternatively, often in the cas...
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Reference to Merleau-Ponty's ideas surfaces in environmental thinking from time to time. This paper examines whether, and in what way, his ideas could be helpful to that thinking. In order to arrive at a conclusion I examine in detail and attempt to clarify the notions of 'Flesh' and 'Earth' in order to see if they can carry the meanings that comme...
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In this paper we discuss ethical and aesthetic questions in relation to the gardening practice of topiary. We begin by considering the ethical concerns arising from the uneasiness some appreciators might feel when experiencing topiary as a manipulation or contortion of natural processes. We then turn to ways in which topiary might cause an 'aesthet...
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The subject of this paper is the traditional woodland management practice of coppicing. I aim to show that this practice has aesthetic as well as, its more frequently extolled, ecological benefits. I also aim to use the example of coppicing to make a case for managing nature despite the intellectual climate of environmental philosophy that is domin...
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This paper demonstrates the method of Goethean observation as a means of surveying and appraising landscape which allows a role for a schooled subjectivity. Similarities between this method and phenomenological studies are made. To explore what Goethe's scientific method is, the first section of this paper discusses the Goethean method as taught by...
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This paper attempts to illuminate Goethe's concept of an archetype by setting it alongside the concept of the self that was being articulated at the same time, also by writers of the Romantic movement. The Romantic concept of the self expresses a new concept of the self as a 'core' plus an expression of the core: and it is the same 'core plus expre...
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The central claim of this paper is that architects, planners and, indeed, anyone involved in designing or decision making regarding the design of place should be obliged to provide green spaces in built environments. Moreover, some of these green spaces should be open to change, development or some kind of interaction by those living near or access...

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