Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Requirements of Environmentalism

Environmental Values 19 (3):289 - 314 (2010)
Abstract
Since aesthetic experience is vital for the protection of nature, I address the relationship between environmental aesthetics and environmentalism. I first review two traditional positions, the picturesque approach and formalism. Some environmentalists fault the modes of aesthetic appreciation associated with these views, charging they are anthropocentric, scenery-obsessed, superficial, subjective, and/or morally vacuous. In light of these apparent failings of traditional aesthetics of nature, I suggest five requirements of environmentalism: that aesthetic appreciation of nature should be acentric, environment-focused, serious, objective and morally engaged. I then examine two contemporary positions concerning appropriate aesthetic appreciation of nature, the aesthetics of engagement and scientific cognitivism, assessing each in terms of the requirements of environmentalism
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.3197/096327110X519844
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,496
External links

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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature and Environmentalism.Allen Carlson - 2011 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 69:137-155.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Requirements for An Adequate Aesthetics of Nature.Allen Carlson - 2007 - Environmental Philosophy 4 (1/2):1-13.
Contemporary Art and Environmental Aesthetics.Samantha Clark - 2010 - Environmental Values 19 (3):351-371.
The Greening of White Pride.Steven Gimbel - 2004 - Philosophy and Geography 7 (1):123-140.
The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.Malcolm Budd - 1996 - British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (3):207-222.
Nature and Positive Aesthetics.Allen Carlson - 1984 - Environmental Ethics 6 (1):5-34.
Nature Appreciation, Science, and Positive Aesthetics.Glenn Parsons - 2002 - British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (3):279-295.
Epistemic Norms, Moral Norms, and Nature Appreciation.Robert Stecker - 2012 - Environmental Ethics 34 (3):247-264.
Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Neglect of the Sublime.S. Shapshay - 2013 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (2):181-198.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-09-29

Total downloads
46 ( #138,346 of 2,287,505 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #97,252 of 2,287,505 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature