Picturesque Landscape Painting and Environmental Aesthetics

Journal of Aesthetic Education 49 (2):39-61 (2015)
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Many environmental aestheticians—most prominently, Allen Carlson—have drawn a distinction between “arts-based” and “nature-based” approaches to the aesthetics of nature and have argued that the widespread practice of using arts-based theories and categories to understand the aesthetics of nature is a mistake. This practice, they argue, should be rejected and replaced by a practice in which an aesthetics of nature based on a clear, scientifically grounded understanding of the environment is used to appraise nature. In this paper, I will challenge important parts of this argument through a discussion of an example often used by these environmental aestheticians in developing their arguments: namely, landscape..



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Environmental aesthetics.Allen Carlson - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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