Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics

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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.
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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.
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Environmental Ethics - Frank Derringh

Convenient for anyone eager to learn about Carlson's aesthetics, which is expressed in percipent, clear prose.

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A superbly clear, much needed, methodological framework, the natural environmental model, for the emerging field of environmental aesthetics... Highly recommended.

Environmental Ethics
Convenient for anyone eager to learn about Carlson's aesthetics, which is expressed in percipent, clear prose.

— Frank Derringh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231140409
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Carlson is professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. He is the author of Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture and, with Glenn Parsons, coauthor of Functional Beauty, as well as coeditor of Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty, The Aesthetics of Human Environments, and The Aesthetics of Natural Environments.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Development and Nature of Environmental Aesthetics 1

2 Aesthetic Appreciation and the Natural Environment 22

3 The Requirements for an Adequate Aesthetics of Nature 38

4 Aesthetic Appreciation and the Human Environment 52

5 Appreciation of the Human Environment Under Different Conceptions 75

6 Aesthetic Appreciation and the Agricultural Landscape 89

7 What Is the Correct Way to Aesthetically Appreciate Landscapes? 106

Notes 129

Bibliography 161

Index 179

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