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Trädgårdsideal och kunskapssyn

en studie av meningens uttryck med exempel från Gösta Reuterswärds och Ulla Molins skapande handling

Gustavsson, Eva (2001). Trädgårdsideal och kunskapssyn. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Agraria, 1401-6249 ; 262
ISBN 91-576-5785-8
[Doctoral thesis]

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The thesis has its point of departure in a view of knowledge which is directed at understanding garden design and landscape architecture as knowledge in action. It is organised as three short articles and a longer essay. The unifying philosophical approach of the thesis is presented in concentrated form in the initial article. With reference to the scientific understanding named action-oriented humanistic theory, the article examines how our attitude towards gardens changes when focus shifts from aesthetic qualities and symbolic significance to the underlying ideals and intentions which are aesthetically expressed when translated into action. This is a notion of art which perhaps has more to do with the legacy of Ancient Greece than the aesthetic theories of what is beauty originating in the Age of Enlightenment. In its critical approach to positivist ideals of objectivity, this article also relates to a continental tradition of historical philosophy and linguistic theory which can be traced back to the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico. The second and third articles in the paper have their empirical application in the gardening work practised by Gösta Reuterswärd and Ulla Molin in the mid 20th century. In this connection, two different biographical means of attack have been attempted. While the one builds on an interpretation based on original research, the other is characterised by its restriction to two types of primary source and how these in their turn have been exploited to illustrate and give concrete examples of the work of a particular individual within the context of prolonging tradition. The closing essay assumes a more refined view of the action-oriented perspective, in which the intention is, with a methodological starting point in Aristotelian rhetoric, to approach considerations and intentions concealed in the ways in which people choose to work with gardens. In this comparison of the gardening tradition of Gösta Reuterswärd and Ulla Molin, the aim has been to interpret the meaning which has sought its expression through their work.

Authors/Creators:Gustavsson, Eva
Title:Trädgårdsideal och kunskapssyn
Subtitle:en studie av meningens uttryck med exempel från Gösta Reuterswärds och Ulla Molins skapande handling
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Agraria
Year of publishing :2001
Number of Pages:203
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:91-576-5785-8
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:landscaping, public parks, gardens, aesthetic value, history, sweden
Keywords:Garden design, landscape architecture, action-oriented humanistic theory, theory of art, intention, meaning, significance, action, aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of history, Aristotle, rhetoric
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ID Code:842
Department:?? 4050 ??
Deposited On:04 May 2005 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:07

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