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By Allen Carlson

ISBN-10: 0415206839

ISBN-13: 9780415206839

Conventional aesthetics is usually linked to the appreciation of artwork, yet Allen Carlson exhibits how a lot of

our aesthetic adventure doesn't surround artwork yet nature--in our reaction to sunsets, mountains, horizons or extra mundane atmosphere.

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Moreover, such an approach appears even more natural given the historical prominence of artistic formalism and the larger context of the scenery cult with its attendant mode of appreciation. Formal qualities in the natural environment The preceding section suggests that the emphasis on formal qualities in the natural environment is related to and influenced by traditional formalism in art. In view of this, one way of approaching the issue of the significance of formal qualities in the aesthetic appreciation and evaluation of the natural environment might be to consider the plausibility of formalism concerning art.

Hepburn, “Landscape and the Metaphysical Imagination,” Environmental Values, 1996, vol. 5, pp. 191–204. Since, as noted, Hepburn’s “Contemporary Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty,” op. , set the initial agenda for the contemporary discussion of the aesthetics of nature and since the metaphysical imagination model is one of his most recent contributions to the field, it is most fitting that this model should set a new agenda for future discussion. Perhaps a paradigm exemplification of aesthetic appreciation enhanced by natural science is Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1949.

But for a revised position see Robert Elliot, Faking Nature: The Ethics of Environmental Restoration, London, Routledge, 1997. I discuss this kind of approach in “Nature and Positive Aesthetics,” op. cit. (reproduced in this volume, Chapter 6) and “Appreciating Art and Appreciating Nature,” in Kemal and Gaskell, op. , pp. 199–227 (reproduced in this volume, Chapter 7). See Paul Ziff, “Anything Viewed,” in Antiaesthetics: An Appreciation of the Cow with the Subtile Nose, Dordrecht, Reidel, 1984, pp.

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