Crossing Divides and Breaking Ground
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Fordham University Press
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The field of environmental philosophy has its base primarily in North America, and many of its central topics and approaches clearly reflect a North American perspective on environmental issues, for instance regarding the importance of the concept of wilderness...
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Environmental aesthetics has a long history. During the period of Enlightenment and early Romanticism, nature was seen as the paradigm of aesthetic experience and judgment. This gradually changed in the nineteenth century when the focus of philosophical aesthetics...
Part I: Coming of Age
1. Ten Steps in the Development of Western Environmental Aesthetics
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In 1967 Richard Rorty published a seminal collection of essays called The Linguistic Turn.1 The volume has a masterful introduction in which Rorty told the story of the obsession with language that had developed within Western analytic philosophy over the...
2. Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics
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Within the Western philosophical discourse, environmental aesthetics is a relatively new, but now firmly established, discipline. It started with the late Ronald Hepburn’s 1966 essay on the neglect of natural beauty in contemporary aesthetics. This essay ushered in a...
3. On Universalism and Cultural Historicism in Environmental Aesthetics
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While the history of environmental aesthetics has yet to be written, this history, it seems, should be divided into three periods. The first of these occurred during the eighteenth century and constituted what we might term “the heyday of environmental aesthetics.” To...
Part II: Rethinking Relationships
4. The Cultural Aesthetics of Environment
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Considering environment aesthetically is a comparatively recent development. The focus on the aesthetic dimension of environment began in the 1970s and gained increasing prominence. Appearing sporadically at first, interest in environmental aesthetics developed...
5. Toward an Aesthetics of Respect
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Kantian aesthetics represents the culmination of eighteenth-century nature aesthetics. I will attempt to show that it can be fruitfully deployed in the field of contemporary environmental ethics. First, I will present the general context of this meditation, which is...
6. From Theoretical to Applied Environmental Aesthetics
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At the XXII World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (August 5, 2008), Professor Ken-ichi Sasaki recalled our first meeting in Nottingham in 1988. He said that he thought at that time, twenty years ago, environmental aesthetics was a strange field, but now he regarded it...
Part III: Nature, Art, and the Power of Imagination
7. Environmental Art and Ecological Citizenship
Jason B. Simus
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Environmental art has received a lot of attention recently.1 Most of the attention has been focused on evaluating the ethical and aesthetic qualities of the art object—how such works might constitute aesthetic affronts to nature, for example.2 Issues just as important...
8. Can Only Art Save Us Now?
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In the movie The Day After Tomorrow, one of the tipping points of climate change has happened: New York is under water, the Eastern seaboard iced over, and the Hobbesian world of the war of all against all has revealed its true colors.1 In the minds of some, there are lingering doubts about the reality...
9. Landscapes of the Environmental Imagination
Irene J. Klaver
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Why did it take until 1969 before the burning of the Cuyahoga River ignited a public outcry? For a century, since the beginning of its industrial development in the 1860s, the Cuyahoga River, fl owing through a rapidly industrializing Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire basically every...
Part IV: Wind Farms, Shopping Malls,and Wild Animals
10. Beauty or Bane
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In 2009 the American Wind Energy Association conducted a survey of small wind turbine sales aimed at assessing the market’s rate of incline or decline from the years 2007 to 2009. The final report, “AWEA Small Wind Turbine Global Market Study,” published in...
11. Thinking Like a Mall
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In a famous passage in A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold tells of the time he and some others, “young and full of trigger-itch,” spotted a wolf and her cubs from a rim rock and shot at them, hitting one of the cubs in the leg and mortally wounding the mother...
12. Aesthetic Value and Wild Animals
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Animals commonly feature in our aesthetic experience, from our interactions with companion animals to the attention given to iconic species and “charismatic megafauna,” yet it is surprising how neglected they are in philosophical aesthetics. Mammals, birds...
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Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 5 b/w
Publication Year: 2014
Series Title: Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology