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About this book
About this book
In the first systematic account of aesthetics in relation to the natural environment, Emily Brady provides critical understanding of what aesthetic appreciation of nature involves and develops her own distinctive aesthetic theory. In particular, she develops a theory of aesthetic appreciation which integrates subjective and objective approaches.
Aesthetic appreciation: aesthetic experience; aesthetic qualities; aesthetic value. Early theories of aesthetic appreciation of nature: aesthetic appreciation before the 18th century; the beautiful, the sublime and the picturesque; Romanticism and after; towards the contemporary debate. Culture, art and environment: nature and culture; appreciating art and natural environments; meaning, interpretation and cultural landscapes. Contemporary theories of aesthetic appreciation of nature: the contemporary debate; cognitive theories; non-cognitive theories. The integrated aesthetic I - multi-sensuous engagement and disinterestedness: the integrated aesthetic; multi-sensuous engagement; disinterestedness; disinterestedness and valuing nature. The integrated aesthetic II - imagination, emotion and knowledge imagination: imagination and natural environments; the communicability of imagination; emotion, expressive qualities and nature; knowledge in the integrated aesthetic. Aesthetic judgements of the natural environment and aesthetic communication: aesthetic judgements and objectivity; aesthetic judgements of nature; agreement, disagreement and the problem of taste; aesthetic communication; aesthetic criticism and environmental aesthetic education. Aesthetics, ethics and environmental conservation: aesthetic value in environmental conservation; landscape character and the integrated aesthetic; aesthetic character and aesthetic integrity - the case of the Harris Superquarry; aesthetics, ethics and conservation; aesthetics and respect for nature.
Emily Brady is Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, Docent in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki and a researcher in the Finnish Academy.
287 pages, no illustrations
Emily Brady's timely Aesthetics of the Natural Environment provides a clear and systematic introduction to central topics in environmental aesthetics ! An excellent resource for anyone new to the area. Admirably comprehensive coverage of the subject. -- Professor Arnold Berleant, Emeritus Professor, Long Island University, USA Emily Brady's timely Aesthetics of the Natural Environment provides a clear and systematic introduction to central topics in environmental aesthetics ! An excellent resource for anyone new to the area. Admirably comprehensive coverage of the subject.