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Aesthetics of the Natural Environment


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Introduction; 1. Aesthetic Appreciation; Aesthetic Experience; Aesthetic Qualities; Aesthetic Value; 2. 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; 3. Culture, Art and Environment; Nature and Culture; Appreciating Art and Natural Environments; Meaning, Interpretation and Cultural Landscapes; 4. Contemporary Theories of Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature; The Contemporary Debate; Cognitive Theories; Non-Cognitive Theories; 5. The Integrated Aesthetic I: Multi-Sensuous Engagement and Disinterestedness; The Integrated Aesthetic; Multi-Sensuous Engagement; Disinterestedness; Disinterestedness and Valuing Nature; 6. 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; 7. 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; 8. 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; Bibliography; Index.

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Emily Brady is Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, Docent in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki and a researcher in the Finnish Academy.


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

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