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Aesthetic Appreciation in the Artworld and in the Natural World

David E.W. Fenner

Environmental Values 12(2003): 3-28. doi: 10.3197/096327103129341207

In this paper, I explore some parallels and dissimilarities between aesthetic appreciation that takes as its focus art objects and that which focuses on natural objects. I cover three areas. The first deals with general approach, whether a paradigm of engagement is more appropriate to environmental aesthetics than one of detachment and disinterest. The second theme is about preservation and whether the appropriate model is static or dynamic. The final theme is about environmental criticism and the application of aesthetic theory to arguments for preservation.


KEYWORDS: art, environmental aesthetics, environmental criticism, Nature, North America, sense of place

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Beauty for Ever? Keekok Lee

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Editorial. Emily Brady


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