During my reading this week these 10 questions I came up with really made me think.

  • How do you feel about Coates using a lot of other author’s opinions and beliefs rather than his own?
  • Ronald Hepburn stated on page 110 that he believes “We perceive and evaluate natural objects and objects of art differently” do you agree or disagree with Hepburn’s saying here?
  • Coates depicts how Europeans controlled nature for skeptical purposes, during the eighteenth century.  Do you think that type of controlled nature is still relevant today?
  • Do you think it’s possible to be without human influence when looking at the meaning of nature?
  • Later in chapter 6 the book talks about Ha-Ha fences. Their purpose was to prevent access to a garden, for example by livestock, without blocking the views. What’s your thoughts on the name and purpose of these fences?
  • What do you think when you hear the quote “the idea of nature as a liberating principle and the association of the right the good and the immutable”?
  • “If nature is good, then human nature must also be good” was a hot topic and often debated by 18th century ethicists. Do you agree or disagree with this saying and why?
  • A corrupt culture and innocent nature, approached history as a foul deviation from nature’s original plan for liberty and equality. Do you find this line to be true?
  • Coates brings up the idea that that mountains and wilderness were not always considered beautiful or of spiritual value. Can you see why people would have thought this and why?
  • What’s your overall opinion on Darwinism?



Overall I would have like to see Coates use more of his words rather than quoting a lot of other art hours. In my opinion it kind of takes away the legitimacy of his work. However Coates presented the conclusion and debates of many different topics in the closing chapters of his book ranging from the meaning of landscape, the romanticism impact on nature and how we as humans view it.

Learning how so much of nature isn’t yet conquered was very interesting to me, I love how the book explained how nature “fights back”. All in all I love seeing perspectives from others point of view, it forces you to see the how someone else perceives it rather just yourself.

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