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Nature and Landscape An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics

ISBN-10: 023114041X

ISBN-13: 9780231140416

Edition: 2009

Authors: Allen Carlson, A. Carlson

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The roots of environmental aesthetics are embedded in the ideas of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century thinkers who found in nature the opportunity for an open, active, and creative form of aesthetic appreciation. Having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics today encourages appreciation of not just natural environments but of human-made and human-modified landscapes as well. Allen Carlson's comprehensive survey of the subject is an important introduction to this rapidly growing area of aesthetic understanding and appreciation. Carlson begins by outlining the field's historical background and surveying contemporary positions, such as scientific cognitivism, which argues that certain kinds of scientific knowledge are necessary in order to fully appreciate nature. Carlson then turns to the aesthetics of environments that have been created or changed by humans and the dilemmas that arise when appreciating such landscapes. He investigates how to aesthetically appreciate various kinds of urban and rural landscapes and concludes with a discussion of whether there is, in general, a correct way to aesthetically experience the environment.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
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.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Development and Nature of Environmental Aesthetics
Aesthetic Appreciation and the Natural Environment
The Requirements for an Adequate Aesthetics of Nature
Aesthetic Appreciation and the Human Environment
Appreciation of the Human Environment Under Different Conceptions
Aesthetic Appreciation and the Agricultural Landscape
What Is the Correct Way to Aesthetically Appreciate Landscapes?
Notes
Bibliography
Index