Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 22 (40-41) (2011)

In this paper I want to scrutinize one of the key ideas within modern Western aesthetics. Beauty is often considered to derive from a virtuous disinterested attitude towards nature. This kind of view has been advocated by thinkers such as Shaftesbury and Kant in the beginning of the so-called aesthetic turn in philosophy. The problem with this view is that it presupposes that nature exists by itself before human intervention in a kind of ideal pristine state. My hypothesis is that this ideal of pristine nature constitutes one of the underlying problems of many contemporary environmental discourses
Keywords Pristine nature, culture, natural beauty, disinterestedness, sublime, picturesque
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DOI 10.7146/nja.v22i40-41.5201
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