Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts / Edition 1

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A distinguished group of scholars here probes the complex structure of aesthetic responses to nature in a discussion enriched with insights from art history, literary criticism, geography and philosophy. Exploring the interrelation among nature, beauty and art, they show that natural beauty is impregnated with concepts derived from the arts and from particular accounts of nature. The distinction and relation between art and nature are questioned, and the volume culminates in philosophical studies of the role of scientific understanding, engagement and appreciation in aesthetics.

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"As collections go, Landscape, Natural Beauty, and the Arts is of a high standard, and it paves the way for growth in natural aesthetics." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521558549
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Nature, fine arts, and aesthetics Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell; 2. Natural beauty without metaphysics T. J. Diffey; 3. Trivial and serious in aesthetic appreciation of nature Ronald W. Hepburn; 4. The public prospect and the private view: the politics of taste in eighteenth-century Britain John Barrell; 5. Landscape in the cinema: the rhythms of the world and the camera P. Adams Sitney; 6. The touch of landscape Don Gifford; 7. Desert and ice: ambivalent aesthetics Yi-Fu Tuan; 8. Gardens, earthworks, and environmental art Stephanie Ross; 9. Comparing natural and artistic beauty Donald W. Crawford; 10. Appreciating art and appreciating nature Allen Carlson; 11. The aesthetics of art and nature Arnold Berleant; 12. On being moved by nature: between religion and natural history No√čl Carroll.

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