Nature and Landscape
An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics
By (author) Allen Carlson
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Nature and Landscape by Allen Carlson
Book DescriptionThe roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics studies and encourages the appreciation of not just natural environments but also human-made and human-modified landscapes. Nature and Landscape is an important introduction to this rapidly growing area of aesthetic understanding and appreciation. Allen Carlson begins by tracing the development of the field's historical background, and then surveys contemporary positions on the aesthetics of nature, such as scientific cognitivism, which holds that certain kinds of scientific knowledge are necessary for a full appreciation of natural environments. Carlson next turns to environments that have been created or changed by humans and the dilemmas that are posed by the appreciation of such landscapes. He examines how to aesthetically appreciate a variety of urban and rural landscapes and concludes with a discussion of whether there is, in general, a correct way to aesthetically experience the environment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231140416
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 21-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Allen Carlson
Functional Beauty, Paperback (September 2012)
Parsons and Carlson examine the relationship between function and aesthetic value. They develop the concept of Functional Beauty, drawing on work in the philosophy of science as well as aesthetics, and show its importance in diverse kinds of aesthetic appreciation - of buildings, nature, everyday objects, and events, as well as artworks.
Contemporary Chinese Politics, Hardback (August 2010)
This book considers how new and diverse sources and methods are changing the study of Chinese politics.
Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism, Paperback (February 2008)
Environmental aesthetics is a field of study that focuses on nature's aesthetic value as well as on its ethical and environmental implications. This book addresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism.
Aesthetics of Human Environments, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Allen Carlson
The Aesthetics of Human Environments is a companion volume to Carlson's and Berleant's The Aesthetics of Natural Environments. This volume will appeal to any reader concerned about the aesthetic quality of the world in which we live.
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Author Biography - Allen Carlson
Allen Carlson is professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta. He is the author of Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture and, with Glenn Parsons, coauthor of Functional Beauty, as well as coeditor of Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty, The Aesthetics of Human Environments, and The Aesthetics of Natural Environments.
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