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Landscape and the Metaphysical Imagination

Ronald Hepburn

Environmental Values 5(1996): 191-204. doi: 10.3197/096327196776679320

Aesthetic appreciation of landscape is by no means limited to the sensuous enjoyment of sights and sounds. It very often has a reflective, cognitive element as well. This sometimes incorporates scientific knowledge, e.g.,geological or ecological; but it can also manifest what this article will call 'metaphysical imagination', which sees or seems to see in a landscape some indication, some disclosure of how the world ultimately is. The article explores and critically appraises this concept of metaphysical imagination, and some of the roles it can play in our aesthetic encounters.


KEYWORDS: Landscape, aesthetics, imagination, metaphysics, sublime

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Ronald Hepburn and the humanising of Environmental Aesthetics. Isis Brook

Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Requirements of Environmentalism. Allen Carlson



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