Environmental Aesthetics: Crossing Divides and Breaking Ground

Environmental Aesthetics: Crossing Divides and Breaking Ground


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Environmental aesthetics crosses several commonly recognized divides: between analytic and continental philosophy, Eastern and Western traditions, universalizing and historicizing approaches, and theoretical and practical concerns. This volume sets out to show how these,perspectives can be brought into conversation with one another.

The first part surveys the development of the field and discusses some important future directions. The second part explains how widening the scope of environmental aesthetics demands a continual rethinking of the relationship between aesthetics and other fields. How does environmental aesthetics relate to ethics? Does aesthetic appreciation of the environment entail an attitude of respect? What is the relationship between the theory and practice? The third part is devoted to the relationship between the aesthetics of nature and the aesthetics of art. Can art help “save the Earth”? The final part illustrates the emergence of practical applications from theoretical studies by focusing on concrete case studies.

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ISBN-13: 9780823254507
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Series: Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin Drenthen is associate professor of philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He is the author of Old World and New World Pespective in Environmental Philosophy. Together with Jozef Keulartz and Jim Proctor, he coedited New Visions of Nature: Complexity and Authenticity. In English and Dutch publications, he has written about the significance of Nietzsche’s critique of morality for environmental ethics, the concept of wildness in debates on ecological restoration, and ethics of place. His most recent research focuses on the relationship between landscapes, cultures of place, and moral identity.

Jozef Keulartz is associate professor of applied philosophy at Wageningen University and Research Centre. He has been appointed special chair for Environmental Philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He has published extensively in different areas of science and technology studies, social and political philosophy, bioethics, environmental ethics, and nature policy. His books include Die verkehrte Welt des Jürgen Habermas [The Topsy-Turvy World of Jürgen Habermas, 1995], Van bestraffing naar behandeling [From Punishment to Treatment, 1996, 4th ed], Struggle for Nature—A Critique of Radical Ecology (1998), and Werken aan de grens—een pragmatische visie op natuur en milieu [Boundary-Work: A Pragmatist View on Nature and Environment, 2005]. He is editor of Wilhelm Dilthey: Kritiek van de historische rede [Wilhelm Dilthey: Critique of Historical Reason, 1994] and coeditor of Foucault herdenken [In Memory of Foucault, 1995], Museum Aarde [Museum Earth, 1997], Pragmatist Ethics for a Technological Culture (2002), Legitimacy in European Nature Conservation Policy (2008), and New Visions of Nature (2009).

Table of Contents


Martin Drenthen and Jozef Keulartz

Part I. Coming of Age

Ten Steps in the Development of Western Environmental Aesthetics
Allen Carlson

Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics
Yuriko Saito

European and American Approaches to Environmental Aesthetics
Jonathan Maskit

Part II. Rethinking Relationships

The Language of Environment
Arnold Berleant

Toward an Aesthetics of Respect
Denis Dumas

From Theoretical to Applied Environmental Aesthetics
Yrjö Sepänmaa

Part III. Nature, Art, and the Power of Imagination

Environmental Art and Ecological Citizenship
Jason Simus

Can Only Art Save us Now?
David Wood

Landscapes of the Environmental Imagination: Ranging from NASA and Cuyahoga Images to Kiefer and O'Keeffe Paintings
Irene Klaver

Part IV. Wind Farms, Shopping Malls and Wild Animals

Beauty or Bane: Advancing an Aesthetic Appreciation for Wind Farms
Tyson-Lord Gray

Thinking Like a Mall
Steven Vogel

Aesthetic Value and Wild Animals
Emily Brady

List of Contributors

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