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  1. Functional Beauty.Glenn Parsons - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    Functional beauty in the aesthetic tradition -- Functional beauty in contemporary aesthetic theory -- Indeterminacy and the concept of function -- Function and form -- Nature and environment -- Architecture and the built environment -- Artefacts and everyday aesthetics -- The functions of art.
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    Nature Appreciation, Science, and Positive Aesthetics.Glenn Parsons - 2002 - British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (3):279-295.
    Scientific cognitivism is the idea that nature must be aesthetically appreciated in light of scientific information about it. I defend Carlson's traditional formulation of scientific cognitivism from some recent criticisms. However, I also argue that if we employ this formulation it is difficult to uphold two claims that Carlson makes about scientific cognitivism: (i) it is the correct analysis of the notion of appropriate aesthetic appreciation of nature, and (ii) it justifies the idea that nature, seen aright, is always beautiful (...)
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    Nature Aesthetics and the Respect Argument.Glenn Parsons - 2018 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 76 (4):411-418.
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    Freedom and Objectivity in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2006 - British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (1):17-37.
    Natural beauty has often been viewed as a somewhat vague and subjective matter. Even theorists who view disputes concerning the aesthetic value of artworks as involving correct and incorrect judgements have argued that, in many disputes concerning natural beauty, there are no correct or incorrect judgements. In this essay, I consider recent attempts to develop a more objectivist view of nature appreciation based on the role of scientific knowledge in such appreciation. In response to recent criticisms of this approach, I (...)
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    Natural Functions and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Inorganic Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2004 - British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (1):44-56.
    The distinction between organic and inorganic nature receives little attention in contemporary nature aesthetics. Traditionally, however, this distinction was considered to have important aesthetic ramifications. Nick Zangwill has recently suggested that aesthetic differences between organic and inorganic nature arise because natural functions are present only in organic nature (for example, in the parts of organisms). I argue for a different explanation: though inorganic nature too has natural functions, these are metaphysically distinct from those characteristic of organic nature. I defend the (...)
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    Phantom Functions and the Evolutionary Theory of Artefact Proper Function.Glenn Parsons - 2019 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 96 (1):154-170.
    The evolutionary theory of artefact proper function holds that an artefact’s proper function is that effect which explains the reproduction of past instances of the artefact type. This theory has many sources but received its clearest presentation in Beth Preston’s essay “Why Is a Wing Like a Spoon?”. More recently, Preston has raised an objection to the theory, based on the phenomenon of ‘phantom functions’: these are functions that an artefact type is unable to perform, but which nonetheless apparently constitute (...)
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    New Formalism and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.Glenn Parsons & Allen Carlson - 2004 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (4):363–376.
    Recently, several authors have defended a new version of formalism in the aesthetics of nature and attempted to refute earlier arguments against the doctrine. In this essay, we assess this new formalism by reconsidering the force of antiformalist arguments against both traditional formalism and new formalism. While we find that these arguments remain effective against traditional formalism, new formalism falls largely beyond their scope. We therefore provide a novel line of argument for the insignificance of the formal appreciation of nature. (...)
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  8. Appreciating Nature and Art: Recent Western and Chinese Perspectives.Glenn Parsons & Xin Zhang - 2018 - Contemporary Aesthetics 16 (1).
     
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    The Aesthetics of Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2007 - Philosophy Compass 2 (3):358–372.
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    The Aesthetic Value of Animals.Glenn Parsons - 2007 - Environmental Ethics 29 (2):151-169.
    Although recent work in philosophical aesthetics has brought welcome attention to the beauty of nature, the aesthetic appreciation of animals remains rarely discussed. The existence of this gap in aesthetic theory can be traced to certain ethical difficulties with aesthetically appreciating animals. These difficulties can be avoided by focusing on the aesthetic quality of “looking fit for function.” This approach to animal beauty can be defended against the view that “looking fit” is a non-aesthetic quality and against Edmund Burke’s famous (...)
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    The Epistemic Significance of Appreciating Experiments Aesthetically.Glenn Parsons & A. Rueger - 2000 - British Journal of Aesthetics 40 (4):407-423.
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    Fact and Function in Architectural Criticism.Glenn Parsons - 2011 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (1):21-29.
    Assessing the success or failure of a work of architecture typically requires determining its function. However, architectural criticism often founders on apparently intractable disputes concerning the 'true' function of particular works. In this essay, I propose that the proper function of an architectural work is a matter of empirical fact, and can be determined by examining the history of the relevant architectural type. I develop this claim by appeal to the so-called 'etiological theory of function'.
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    Malcolm Budd, The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature: Essays on the Aesthetics of Nature. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2004 - Mind 113 (452):741-744.
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    Theory, Observation, and the Role of Scientific Understanding in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (2):165-186.
    Much recent discussion in the aesthetics of nature has focused on Scientific cognitivism, the view that in order to engage in a deep and appropriate aesthetic appreciation of nature, one must possess certain kinds of scientific knowledge. The most pressing difficulty faced by this view is an apparent tension between the very notion of aesthetic appreciation and the nature of scientific knowledge. In this essay, I describe this difficulty, trace some of its roots and argue that attempts to dismiss it (...)
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    Why Should We Save Nature's Hidden Gems?Glenn Parsons - 2015 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (1):98-110.
    Aesthetic preservation is the idea of sparing natural areas from development because of their aesthetic value. In this article I discuss a problem for aesthetic preservation that I call the ‘hidden gems problem’: in certain cases, the natural area under consideration is so remote and/or fragile that few people can actually experience it. In these cases, it becomes unclear how nature's aesthetic value can justify its preservation when development promises practical human benefits. After rejecting some potential responses to the hidden (...)
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  16. Can the Bundle Theory Save Substantivalism From the Hole Argument?Glenn Parsons & Patrick McGivern - 2001 - Philosophy of Science 68 (S3):S358-S370.
    One of the most serious theoretical obstacles to contemporary spacetime substantivalism is Earman and Norton's hole argument. We argue that applying the bundle theory of substance to spacetime points allows spacetime substantivalists to escape the conclusion of this argument. Some philosophers have claimed that the bundle theory cannot be applied to substantival spacetime in this way due to problems in individuating spacetime points in symmetrical spacetimes. We demonstrate that it is possible to overcome these difficulties if spatiotemporal properties are viewed (...)
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    Theory, Observation, and the Role of Scientific Understanding in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (2):165-186.
    Much recent discussion in the aesthetics of nature has focused on Scientific cognitivism, the view that in order to engage in a deep and appropriate aesthetic appreciation of nature, one must possess certain kinds of scientific knowledge. The most pressing difficulty faced by this view is an apparent tension between the very notion of aesthetic appreciation and the nature of scientific knowledge. In this essay, I describe this difficulty, trace some of its roots and argue that attempts to dismiss it (...)
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    Moderate Formalism As a Theory of the Aesthetic.Glenn Parsons - 2004 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 38 (3):19.
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    Moderate Formalism as a Theory of the Aesthetic.Glenn Parsons - 2004 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 38 (3):19-35.
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    Amy Dempsey, Destination Art and John Sallis, Topographies. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2008 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 66 (3):321-323.
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  21. Nature, Aesthetic Values, and Urban Design: Building the Natural City.Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Glenn Parsons - 2008 - In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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    Jennifer A. McMahon, Aesthetics and Material Beauty: Aesthetics Naturalized. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2010 - Mind 119 (475):827-830.
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  23. A Face Only a Mother Could Love: On Maternal Assessments of Infant Beauty.Glenn Parsons - 2011 - In Sheila Lintott (ed.), Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone: The Birth of Wisdom. Wiley Blackwell. pp. 89-99.
     
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    Against Moderate Aesthetic Formalism.Glenn Parsons - 2004 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 38 (3):19-35.
  25. Aesthetics & Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2008 - London, UK: Continuum Press (Bloomsbury).
    Aesthetics and Nature offers a clear and accessible introduction to the field of nature aesthetics. Glenn Parsons explores the current debates in the field, providing the reader with a thorough overview of the subject. The book situates nature aesthetics in relation to two principal influences: aesthetics' traditional project of understanding the value of art and current thought on the ethics of our relationship with nature. The book outlines five major approaches to understanding the aesthetic value of nature and explores the (...)
     
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  26. Aesthetic Preservation.Glenn Parsons - 2011 - In Environmental Ethics for Canadians: A Text with Readings. Oxford University Press. pp. 204-211.
     
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    Critical Notice of Eddy M. Zemach, Real Beauty.Glenn Parsons & Allen Carlson - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (4):635-653.
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  28. Design.Glenn Parsons - 2013 - In Dominic McIver Lopes & Berys Gaut (eds.), Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. Routledge. pp. 616-626.
     
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    Distinguishing Intention and Function in Art Appreciation.Glenn Parsons & Allen Carlson - 2013 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2):153 - 154.
    We applaud Bullot and Reber's attempt to encompass the function of artworks within their psycho-historical model of art appreciation. However, we suggest that in order to fully realize this aim, they require a clearer distinction between an artist's intentions toward an artwork and its proper functions. We also show how such a distinction improves the internal coherence of their model.
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  30. Environmental Aesthetics.Glenn Parsons - 2012 - In Anna Christina Ribeiro (ed.), Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics. Bloomsbury. pp. 228-241.
     
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    Jeff Malpas (Ed.), The Place of Landscape. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2012 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NA):NA.
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  32. James O. Young, Art and Knowledge Reviewed By.Glenn Parsons - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (4):305-307.
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    James O. Young, Art and Knowledge. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23:305-307.
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    Metaphorically Speaking. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2003 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (1):169-169.
    There is a long philosophical tradition of regarding metaphor as an unimportant rhetorical device. Though this view once dominated analytic philosophy, richer conceptions of how metaphor works have increased our appreciation for its importance as a cognitive process. In Metaphorically Speaking, Patti.
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    Natural Beauty.Glenn Parsons - 2009 - Environmental Ethics 31 (1):93-96.
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    Ronald Moore, Natural Beauty: A Theory of Aesthetics Beyond the Arts. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2009 - Environmental Ethics 31 (1):93-96.
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    Nogales, Patti D. Metaphorically Speaking.Glenn Parsons - 2003 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (1):169-170.
  38. Nick Zangwill, The Metaphysics of Beauty Reviewed By.Glenn Parsons - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (1):76-78.
     
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    Nick Zangwill, The Metaphysics of Beauty. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22:76-78.
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  40. Physical Beauty, Imagination and Romantic Love.Glenn Parsons - 2017 - In Gary Foster (ed.), Desire, Love & Identity: Philosophy of Sex and Love. Oxford University Press. pp. 207-215.
    Romantic lovers notoriously overestimate the physical attractiveness of their own partners. This phenomenon is typically described as a kind of delusion or 'madness', and ascribed to the irrationality of love. I argue, on the contrary, that it does not involve distortion, error, or irrationality, but rather is an intelligible result of the particular kind of relationship that romantic love involves. In my explanation, I emphasize the critical role of the imagination in lovers' perception of beauty.
     
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    Platonism, Metaphor, and Mathematics.Glenn G. Parsons & James Robert Brown - 2004 - Dialogue 43 (1):47-.
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    Paul Sheldon Davies, Norms of Nature: Naturalism and the Nature of Functions. [REVIEW]Glenn Parsons - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (1):24-26.
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    Science, Nature, and Moore's Syncretic Aesthetic.Glenn Parsons - 2009 - Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (3):351-356.
    In Natural Beauty, Ronald Moore presents a novel account of our aesthetic encounters with the natural world. In this essay, I consider the relation between Moore's 'syncretic aesthetic' and rival views of the aesthetics of nature, particularly the view sometimes called 'scientific cognitivism'. After discussing Moore's characterization of rival views in general, and scientific cognitivism in particular, I rehearse his reasons for rejecting the latter view. I critique these arguments, but also suggest that scientific cognitivism and the syncretic aesthetic need (...)
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  44. The Aesthetics of Chemical Biology.Glenn Parsons - 2012 - Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 16:576-580.
     
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    Teaching & Learning Guide For: The Aesthetics of Nature.Glenn Parsons - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (5):1106-1112.
    Traditionally, analytic philosophers writing on aesthetics have given short shrift to nature. The last thirty years, however, have seen a steady growth of interest in this area. The essays and books now available cover central philosophical issues concerning the nature of the aesthetic and the existence of norms for aesthetic judgement. They also intersect with important issues in environmental philosophy. More recent contributions have opened up new topics, such as the relationship between natural sound and music, the beauty of animals, (...)
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    The Merrickites.Glenn Parsons - 2016 - In Sherri Irvin (ed.), Body Aesthetics. Oxford University Press. pp. 110-126.
    Our culture praises—indeed revels in—the beauty of the human form. And yet, in the midst of this exuberant celebration of corporeal beauty, not even the most unreflective can be unaware of the problems that have been laid at its feet. The philosopher Kathleen Higgins notes a “pervasive impression that is widespread in our culture: that beauty, or some near kin of it, is unsavory, a temptation that might get the soul off-track” (2000, 89). In response to this suspicion, some have (...)
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  47. The Philosophy of Design.Glenn Parsons - 2015 - Polity.
     
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