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Feminist Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty

Sheila Lintott

Environmental Values 19 (2010): 315-333. doi: 10.3197/096327110X519853

ABSTRACT

Feminist philosophy has taken too long to engage seriously with aesthetics and has been even slower in confronting natural beauty in particular. There are various possible reasons for this neglect, including the relative youth of feminist aesthetics, the possibility that feminist philosophy is not relevant to nature aesthetics, the claim that natural beauty is not a serious topic, hesitation among feminists to perpetuate women's associations with beauty and nature, and that the neglect may be merely apparent. Discussing each of these possibilities affords a better understanding of, but none justify the neglect of natural beauty in feminist aesthetics.


KEYWORDS

Environmental aesthetics, gender, feminist perspectives, Hepburn

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