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Reconsidering Scenic Beauty

Arnold Berleant

Environmental Values 19 (2010): 335-350. doi: 10.3197/096327110X519862

ABSTRACT

Attempts to justify the objectivity and universality of aesthetic judgment have traditionally rested on unsupported assumptions or mere assertion. This paper offers a fresh consideration of the problem of judgments of taste. It suggests that the problem of securing universal agreement is false and therefore insoluble since it imposes an inappropriate logical criterion on the extent of agreement, which is irrevocably empirical. The variability of judgments of taste actually forms a subject ripe for inquiry by sociologists, psychologists, historians and anthropologists, as well as by aestheticians. Scenic beauty provides a vivid test for the variability of these judgments.


KEYWORDS

Agreement, judgments of taste, universality, variability

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