Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics

Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics

by Allen Carlson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 023114041X

ISBN-13: 9780231140416

Pub. Date: 12/08/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics studies and encourages the appreciation of not just natural environments but also human-made and human-modified landscapes.

Overview

The roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics studies and encourages the appreciation of not just natural environments but also human-made and human-modified landscapes.

Nature and Landscape is an important introduction to this rapidly growing area of aesthetic understanding and appreciation. Allen Carlson begins by tracing the development of the field's historical background, and then surveys contemporary positions on the aesthetics of nature, such as scientific cognitivism, which holds that certain kinds of scientific knowledge are necessary for a full appreciation of natural environments. Carlson next turns to environments that have been created or changed by humans and the dilemmas that are posed by the appreciation of such landscapes. He examines how to aesthetically appreciate a variety of urban and rural landscapes and concludes with a discussion of whether there is, in general, a correct way to aesthetically experience the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231140416
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/08/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. The Development and Nature of Environmental Aesthetics2. Aesthetic Appreciation and the Natural Environment3. The Requirements for an Adequate Aesthetics of Nature4. Aesthetic Appreciation and the Human Environment5. Appreciation of the Human Environment Under Different Conceptions6. Aesthetic Appreciation and the Agricultural Landscape7. What Is the Correct Way to Aesthetically Appreciate Landscapes?NotesBibliographyIndex

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >