Aesthetics and Nature
By (author) Glenn Parsons
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Aesthetics and Nature by Glenn Parsons
Book DescriptionAesthetics and Nature offers a clear and accessible introduction to the field of nature aesthetics. Glenn Parsons explores the current debates in the field, providing the reader with a thorough overview of the subject. The book situates nature aesthetics in relation to two principal influences: aesthetics' traditional project of understanding the value of art, and current thought on the ethics of our relationship with nature. The book outlines five major approaches to understanding the aesthetic value of nature and explores the aesthetic appreciation of nature as it occurs in wilderness, in gardens, and in the context of appreciating environmental art. The book also includes a study of the idea that conserving nature's beauty provides a compelling reason to preserve wilderness. This highly topical idea has deep implications for the importance of aesthetic value in our relationship to nature, and for the fate of nature itself. Combining a clear and engaging style with a sophisticated treatment of a fascinating subject, Aesthetics and Nature is a valuable contribution to contemporary aesthetics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826496768
(216mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Aesthetics and Nature, Hardback (August 2008)» View all books by Glenn Parsons
Addresses various central issues in the aesthetics of nature. This book offers an introduction to the field of nature aesthetics. It situates nature aesthetics in relation to two principal influences: aesthetics' traditional project of understanding the value of art, and thought on the ethics of our relationship with nature.
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Author Biography - Glenn Parsons
Glenn Parsons is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University, Canada. His publications include Functional Beauty (with Allen Carlson, OUP, forthcoming).
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