• The Cultural Aesthetics of Environment

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Ecological aesthetics, Cultural theory, Environment, Environmental aesthetics, Ecology
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    aesthetic engagement, experience, sensibility, sense perception
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6XK84P9C
    Abstract:
    Environmental concerns have a global scope, yet different cultural traditions, philosophical cultures, and conditions of life influence the way we understand experience and environment. A similar understanding of the central ideas is needed for cooperative action on environmental issues to be effective. The first part of this essay is conceptual and proposes a common understanding of ‘environment,’ ‘ecology,’ and ‘aesthetics.’ The second part develops the aesthetic side of the matter by identifying some representative cultural patterns of sensibility. It considers whether and how these patterns may be reconciled in order to enhance the effectiveness of our responses to environmental issues.
    Notes:
    A revised version of “Ideas for an Ecological Aesthetics,” in Xiangzhan Cheng, Arnold Berleant, Paul Gobster, Xinhao Wang, eds., Ecological Aesthetics and Ecological Assessment and Planning, 2014. Chapter 11 in Arnold Berleant, Aesthetics beyond the Arts (Farnham, UK & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012). DOI: 10.17613/M6639K484
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