Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism From Beauty to Duty

ISBN-10: 0231138873

ISBN-13: 9780231138871

Edition: 2007

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Description: Environmental aesthetics is an emerging field of study that focuses on nature's aesthetic value as well as on its ethical and environmental implications. Drawing on the research of a number of disciplines, this exciting new area speaks to scholars working in a range of fields, including not only philosophy, but also environmental and cultural studies, public policy and planning, social and political theory, landscape design and management, and art and architecture. Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Dutyaddresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the valuable contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism. Allen Carlson, a pioneer in environmental aesthetics, and Sheila Lintott, who has published widely in aesthetics, combine important historical essays on the appreciation of nature with the best contemporary research in the field. They begin with classic pieces by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Aldo Leopold, as well as an essay by Eugene Hargrove that lays out the scientific, artistic, and aesthetic foundations of current environmental beliefs and attitudes. The second section of the book addresses prevailing views on the conceptualization of nature and the various debates on how to properly and respectfully appreciate nature. The third section introduces positive aesthetics, the belief that everything in nature is essentially beautiful, even the devastation caused by earthquakes or floods. The essays in the final section explicitly bring together aesthetics, ethics, and environmentalism to explore the ways in which each might affect the others.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Allen Carlson is professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. He is interested in environmental philosophy and aesthetics, especially aesthetics of nature and landscape. He is coeditor of two collections of essays in these areas and author of Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art, and Architecture.Sheila Lintott is assistant professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. She is especially interested in issues at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics in environmental and feminist philosophy. Her publications have appeared in Environmental Ethics, Hypatia, the British Journal of Aesthetics, and the Journal of Aesthetic Education.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Natural Aesthetic Value and Environmentalism
Historical Foundations
The Historical Foundations of American Environmental Attitudes
The Nature of Beauty
Walking
A Near View of the High Sierra
The Art of Seeing Things
A Taste for Country: Country, Natural History, and the Conservation Esthetic
Nature and Aesthetic Value
Leopold's Land Aesthetic
Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment
Icebreakers: Environmentalism and Natural Aesthetics
Appreciating Nature on Its Own Terms
On Being Moved by Nature: Between Religion and Natural History
Scientific Knowledge and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature
Nature and Positive Aesthetics
Nature and Positive Aesthetics
The Aesthetics of Unscenic Nature
Aesthetics and the Value of Nature
Valuing Nature and the Autonomy of Natural Aesthetics
The Aesthetics of Nature
Nature Appreciation, Science, and Positive Aesthetics
Nature, Aesthetic Value, and Environmentalism
From Beauty to Duty: Aesthetics of Nature and Environmental Ethics
The Beauty That Requires Health
Cultural Sustainability: Aligning Aesthetics and Ecology
Toward Ecofriendly Aesthetics
Aesthetic Character and Aesthetic Integrity in Environmental Conservation
Objectivity in Environmental Aesthetics and Protection of the Environment
Sources
Contributors
Index
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