David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (3):343-349 (2009)
Ronald Moore's new book Natural Beauty: A Theory of Aesthetics Beyond the Arts seeks to offer up an account of beauty in nature rather than the beauty of nature. Moore claims his is a syncretic theory. That is, it combines the best parts of competing theories into a single comprehensive account of, in this case, our judgments of natural beauty. The syncretic impulse is a common one in philosophy. Seeing many theories, each with some strong points yet none successful overall, a natural solution is to simply glom them all together. But does this work? Are we entitled to pick and choose in this manner, taking what we like but leaving behind the preconceptions to which each theory was moored? And is the resulting supertheory consistent and coherent? I will use Moore's book as a test case for some of these theoretical questions. I identify some 'syncretic sites' in Moore's theory to see whether his method passes muster
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Allen Carlson (2000). Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art, and Architecture. Routledge.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephen Davies (2010). Functional Beauty Examined. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40 (2):315-332.
Alexander Rueger & Sahan Evren (2005). The Role of Symbolic Presentation in Kant's Theory of Taste. British Journal of Aesthetics 45 (3):229-247.
Marta Tafalla (2011). Rehabilitating the Aesthetics of Nature. Environmental Ethics 33 (1):45-56.
Nick Zangwill (2001). Formal Natural Beauty. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 101 (2):209–224.
Dan Vaillancourt (2008). Natural Beauty: A Theory of Aesthetics Beyond the Artsby Moore, Ronald. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 66 (3):303-305.
Roger Scruton (2009). Beauty. Oxford University Press.
Rodolphe Gasché (2002). The Theory of Natural Beauty and its Evil Star: Kant, Hegel, Adorno. Research in Phenomenology 32 (1):103-122.
Glenn Parsons (2009). Science, Nature, and Moore's Syncretic Aesthetic. Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (3):351-356.
Ronald Moore (2009). The Syncretic Approach to Natural Beauty: What It Is and What It Isn't. Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (3):357-365.
Arnold Berleant (2009). Making Theory, Making Sense: Comments on Ronald Moore'sNatural Beauty. Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (3):337-341.
Added to index2010-07-27
Total downloads5 ( #482,866 of 1,790,003 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #424,764 of 1,790,003 )
How can I increase my downloads?