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Aesthetic and Other Values in the Rural Landscape

John Benson

Environmental Values 17(2008): 221-238. doi: 10.3197/096327108X303864


The paper discusses some relationships between aesthetic and non-aesthetic reasons for valuing rural landscape, i.e., landscape shaped by predominantly non-aesthetic purposes. The first part is about the relationship between aesthetic reasons and considerations of utility and argues for an intimate connection between them. The next part considers the relationship between aesthetic and other non-instrumental reasons for valuing landscape and argues that there are important contingent but no essential connections between them. The third part considers the strength or weakness of aesthetic reasons for resisting landscape changes that would result from changes in land use.


Aesthetics, beauty, utility, instrumental value, preservation

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Nature Connoisseurship. Allan Greenbaum

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