Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty

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Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty addresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the valuable contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism. Allen Carlson, a pioneer in environmental aesthetics, and Sheila Lintott, who has published widely in aesthetics, combine important historical essays on the appreciation of nature with the best contemporary research in the field. They begin with the scientific, artistic, and aesthetic foundations of current environmental beliefs and attitudes. Then they offer views on the conceptualization of nature and the various debates on how to properly and respectfully appreciate nature. The book introduces positive aesthetics, the belief that everything in nature is essentially beautiful, even the devastation caused by earthquakes or floods, and the essays in the final section explicitly bring together aesthetics, ethics, and environmentalism to explore the ways in which each might affect the others.
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Editorial Reviews

Environmental Philosophy - Nicolas de Warren

Serves well as an introduction for students, graduate and undergraduate.


[A] rich compendium if well-written, highly thoughtful articles on environmental aesthetics... Highly recommended.

Environmental Philosophy
Serves well as an introduction for students, graduate and undergraduate.

— Nicolas de Warren

[A] rich compendium if well-written, highly thoughtful articles on environmental aesthetics... Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231138864
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Carlson is professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. He is interested in environmental philosophy and aesthetics, especially aesthetics of nature and landscape. He is coeditor of two collections of essays in these areas and author of Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art, and Architecture.Sheila Lintott is assistant professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. She is especially interested in issues at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics in environmental and feminist philosophy. Her publications have appeared in Environmental Ethics, Hypatia, the British Journal of Aesthetics, and the Journal of Aesthetic Education.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Natural Aesthetic Value and Environmentalism   Allen Carlson   Sheila Lintott     1
Historical Foundations   Allen Carlson   Sheila Lintott     23
The Historical Foundations of American Environmental Attitudes   Eugene C. Hargrove     29
The Nature of Beauty   Ralph Waldo Emerson     49
Walking   Henry David Thoreau     54
A Near View of the High Sierra   John Muir     64
The Art of Seeing Things   John Burroughs     76
A Taste for Country: Country, Natural History, and the Conservation Esthetic   Aldo Leopold     86
Nature and Aesthetic Value   Allen Carlson   Sheila Lintott     99
Leopold's Land Aesthetic   J. Baird Callicott     105
Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment   Allen Carlson     119
Icebreakers: Environmentalism and Natural Aesthetics   Stan Godlovitch     133
Appreciating Nature on Its Own Terms   Yuriko Saito     151
On Being Moved by Nature: Between Religion and Natural History   Noel Carroll     169
Scientific Knowledgeand the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature   Patricia Matthews     188
Nature and Positive Aesthetics   Allen Carlson   Sheila Lintott     205
Nature and Positive Aesthetics   Allen Carlson     211
The Aesthetics of Unscenic Nature   Yuriko Saito     238
Aesthetics and the Value of Nature   Janna Thompson     254
Valuing Nature and the Autonomy of Natural Aesthetics   Stan Godlovitch     268
The Aesthetics of Nature   Malcolm Budd     286
Nature Appreciation, Science, and Positive Aesthetics   Glenn Parsons     302
Nature, Aesthetic Value, and Environmentalism   Allen Carlson   Sheila Lintott     319
From Beauty to Duty: Aesthetics of Nature and Environmental Ethics   Holmes Rolston III     325
The Beauty That Requires Health   Marcia Muelder Eaton     339
Cultural Sustainability: Aligning Aesthetics and Ecology   Joan Iverson Nassauer     363
Toward Ecofriendly Aesthetics   Sheila Lintott     380
Aesthetic Character and Aesthetic Integrity in Environmental Conservation   Emily Brady     397
Objectivity in Environmental Aesthetics and Protection of the Environment    Ned Hettinger     413
Sources     439
Contributors     441
Index     445
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