272 pages, Illus
Traditional aesthetics is often associated with the appreciation of art. Allen Carlson shows how much of aesthetic experience does not encompass art but nature, in one's response to sunsets, mountains or horizons or more mundane surroundings, like gardens or the view from a window. He argues that knowledge of what it is that people are appreciating is essential to having an appropriate aesthetic experience and that scientific understanding of nature can enhance the appreciation of it, rather than denigrate it.
'Excellent.. a model of clarity and fairmindedness; it is exceptionally well-informed; it is wide ranging, covering nearly all the main topics in the aesthetics of nature, and others besides; and it is ambitious, offering answers to all the problems it considers. It is a book that anyone seriously concerned with the aesthetics of the environment must come to terms with,' - Mind; 'Philosophical aesthetics at its best.' - Canadian Aesthetics Journal; 'Fascinating... this is an important body of work in contemporary aesthetics.' - British Journal of Aesthetics; 'An excellent overview of analytical environmental aesthetics.' - Environmental Politics; 'Ambitious and challenging... this book will certainly stimulate many aestheticians, and others as well.' - Philosophical Quarterly; 'A richly textured, provocative set of texts that will undoubtedly be of great value to students.' - Philosophy in Review; 'I found much stimulating discussion in these pages. [Carlson] is a worthy opponent for those wedded to a more Kantian or historicist approach to natural beauty.' - British Journal of Aesthetics
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