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Arnold Berleant, co-edited with Allen Carlson
The Aesthetics of Natural Environments
(Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview, 2004)

ISBN-10: 1551114704 | ISBN-13: 978-1551114705

The Aesthetics of Natural Environments is a collection of essays investigating philosophical and aesthetics issues that arise in our appreciation of natural environments. The introduction gives an historical and conceptual overview of the rapidly developing field of study known as environmental aesthetics. The essays consist of classic pieces as well as new contributions by some of the most prominent individuals now working in the field and range from theoretical to applied approaches.

The topics covered include the nature and value of natural beauty, the relationship between art appreciation and nature appreciation, the role of knowledge in the aesthetic appreciation of nature, the importance of environmental participation to the appreciation of environments, and the connections between the aesthetic appreciation of nature and our ethical obligations concerning its maintenance and preservation.

This volume is for scholars and students focused on nature, landscapes, and environments, individuals in areas such as aesthetics, environmental ethics, geography, environmental studies, landscape architecture, landscape ecology, and the planning and design disciplines. It is also for any reader interested in and concerned about the aesthetic quality of the world in which we live.

Table of Contents

††††† Preface

††††† Acknowledgements

††††† Notes on Contributors††††

††††† Introduction: The Aesthetics of Nature

††††† Allen Carlson and Arnold Berleant

1.†† Contemporary Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty

††† ††Ronald Hepburn

2.†† Appreciation and the Natural Environment

††††† Allen Carlson

3.†† The Aesthetics of Art and Nature

††††† Arnold Berleant

4.†† On Being Moved by Nature: Between Religion and Natural History

†††††† NoŽl Carroll

5.†† Icebreakers: Environmentalism and Natural Aesthetics

††††† Stan Godlovitch

6.†† Landscape and the Metaphysical Imagination

††††† Ronald Hepburn

7.†† Appreciating Nature on its Own Terms

††††† Yuriko Saito

8.†† Imagination and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature

††††† Emily Brady

9.†† Fact and Fiction in Environmental Aesthetics

††††† Marcia Muelder Eaton

10.The Aesthetic Experience of Forests

†††††† Holmes Rolston

11.The Narrative and the Ambient in Environmental Aesthetics

†††††† Cheryl Foster

12.Appreciating Natural Beauty as Natural

†††††† Ron Moore

13.What the Hills are Alive With: The Sounds of Nature

†††††† John Andrew Fisher

14.Scenery and the Aesthetics of Nature

†††††† Don Crawford

15.Aesthetic Appreciation and the Many Stories about Nature

††††† Thomas Heyd

16.Environmental Stories: Speaking and Writing Nature

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