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Berleant's approach to environmental aesthetics considers the human person as an active contributor in a context that includes and is continuous with the participant. A person is the perceptual center, both as an individual and as a member of a socio-cultural group, of his or her life-world whose horizons are shaped by geographical and cultural factors.


• The Aesthetics of Environment (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992).
• Living in the Landscape: Toward an Aesthetics of Environment (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1997).
• Aesthetics and Environment, Theme and Variations (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)
• Art and Engagement (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991. Paperback edition, 1991).
• Environment and the Arts; Perspectives on Art and Environment. Editor. Ashgate, 2002.
• The Aesthetics of Natural Environments. Co-edited with Allen Carlson. (Peterborough: Broadview, 2004).
• The Aesthetics of Human Environments, co-edited with Allen Carlson. (Peterborough: Broadview, 2007).
• The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 56/2 (1998), special issue on environmental aesthetics. Guest co-editor (with Allen Carlson).

Thematic Anthology

• Urban Aesthetics: An Anthology of Essays by Arnold Berleant (2019) DOI:10.17613/8e33-ej15


To access the following texts, links are available in the complete bibliography HERE

•  ("Shadows on the Snow") "Unlocking the Potential of Nature's Beauty,"" IAI News, 18 February 2022. IAI News, (IAI: Institute of Art and Ideas)
• "Preface to Philosophy of Landscape: To Think, Walk, Build, ed. Adriana VerĂ­ssimo SerrĂ£o (Lisbon: Center for Philosophy at the University of Lisbon and Authors, 2019). E-book.
• "Thoreau's Poetics of Nature" in Ecocritical Aesthetics, ed. Peter Quigley and Scott Slovic (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2018), pp. 41-50.
• "Some Questions for Ecological Aesthetics," Environmental Philosophy, (Spring 2016), 123-135; Chinese trans. by Li Suije, Dong Yue Tribune, No. 4 (2016).
• "Environmental Aesthetics West and East," in symposium on environmental aesthetics in China and the West, Journal of Heilongjang University (Seeking Truth), Vol. 1 (China, 2015). In Chinese.
• "Ideas for an Ecological Aesthetics" in Xiangzhan Cheng, Arnold Berleant, Paul Gobster, Xinhao Wang, eds., Ecological Aesthetics and Ecological Assessment and Planning (2014).
• "The Cultural Aesthetics of Environment," Environmental Aesthetics: Crossing Divides and Breaking Ground, eds. Martin Drenthen and Jozef Keulartz (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014), pp. 61-72.
• "Urbanistinius Pokycius Padiktuos Neisvengiamybe," ("Urban Aesthetics, Ethics and Urban Environment"), reprinted in Alamantas Samalvicius, Nelaisves formos (Forms of Captivity: Talks on Economics, Urbanism, and Crisis) (Vilnius: Kulturos barai, 2014), pp. 162-168.
• "Environmental Sensibility," Ambiances in Action: Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Ambiances (International Ambiances Network, 2012), pp. 53-56. Republished in The Journal of Jiangsu Administration Institute (CSSCI, 2013(4)), pp. 34-38. Republished by The Journal of Information, Center for Social Sciences at Renmin University of China (2013), 9. Also published in Studia Phaenomenologica, XIV (2014), 17-23.
• "Scenic Beauty in a Global Context," International Association of Aesthetics Yearbook, 2011 (Fall 2012).
• "Changing Landscapes", International Conference on Transition Landscapes/Paysages en Transition (Lisbon, Portugal).
• "l'Art de Connaitre un Pausage," ("The Art in Knowing a Landscape"), Diogenes (Fall 2012).
• "Nature and Habitation in a Chinese Garden," Translated into Chinese, Fengjing yanlin, Landscape Architecture (Summer 2012), 88-94.
• "The Cultural Aesthetics of Environment," Annals for Aesthetics, Fiftieth anniversary issue, Vol. 46B, 39-50. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy, Montreal, 7 November 2010.
• "Reconsidering Scenic Beauty," Environmental Values, 19.3 (August 2010), 335-350.
• "From Environmental Aesthetics to Urban Aesthetics," dialogue with Cheng Xiangzhan, Academic Monthly, No. 5 (2009). In Chinese.
• "Aesthetic Engagement and the Human Landscape," presented at the international conference on Environment, Aesthetic Engagement, and the Public Sphere, Paris, 9 May 2007. Translated into Chinese and reprinted under the title "Aesthetic Ecology and the Urban Environment" in Academic Monthly, Vol. 3, 2008.
• "Response to Critics," in symposium on Aesthetics and Environnment: Variations on a Theme. Ethics, Place and Environment, 10/2.
• "On Judging Scenic Beauty," in Aesthetic Culture: Essays in Honour of Yrjo Sepanmaa, eds. S. Knuuttila, E. Sevanen, and R. Turunen (Maahenki Co: 20017), pp. 57-75.
• "A Rose by Any Other Name," in Folozofski Vestnic, Vol. XXVIII No. 2 (Ljublijana, Slovenia: 2007), pp. 151-168. Translated into Chinese by Henan University Press in 2009.
• "The Soft Side of Stone," International Conference on the Aesthetics of Stone and Rock (Koli, Finland: 14 June 2007). Published in Finnish in Jalo kivi (Helsiki: Maahenki Oy, 2010). Published in English in Environmental Philosophy, Vol. 4, Nos. 1&2 (Spring & Fall 2007).
• "Aesthetics and Environments Reconsidered: Reply to Carlson," in The British Journal of Aesthetics, Volume 47, Number 3 (Oxford University Press, July 2007), 315-318.
• "Distant Cities: Thoughts on an Aesthetics of Urbanism," paper given at the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) international summer school in environmental aesthetics and philosophy on Urban Spaces, Everyday Experience and Well-Being (Lahti, Finland, 19 June 2006).
• "The Fluid Environment," in Coastal Aesthetics, ed. Cheryl Foster (Lahti, Finland: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics.)
• "Is There Life in Virtual Space," in The Virtual Environment, ed. Pauline von Bonsdorff and Arto Haapala (Lahti, Finland: International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, 2006).
• "Environmental Aesthetics," in Art and Environment, Proceedings of Sanart III Symposium, Ankara.
• "Ideas for a Social Aesthetic," in The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Smith (eds.), (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005).
• "Aesthetics in Place," in Constructing Place: Mind and Matter, ed. Sarah Menin (London and New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 41-54.
• "Forestry Aesthetics: Forest Management as Hidden Landscape Architecture" in Finnish ("Metsänhoidon estetiikka: metsän käsittely maisema-arkkitehtuurina," in Yrjö Sepänmaa, ed., Metsän mieleni"(Addicted to Forest). (Maahenki, Finland, 2003).
• "Embodied Music," in Environment and the Arts; Perspectives on Art and Environment, ed. A. Berleant (Ashgate, 2002), pp. 143-155. Also in TKS, Tidskrift för kulturstudier, (Journal of Cultural Studies), 5 (2002), 7-22.
• "The Idea of a Cultural Aesthetic," Koht ja Paik / Place and Location, ed. Virve Sarapik, Kadri Tüür, and Mari Laanemets (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, 2002), pp. 19-26. Also in The Great Book of Aesthetics: Proceedings of the Xvth International Congress of Aesthetics (Tokyo, Japan).
• "Two Paths through the Landscape," in Art and Landscape, Vol. 1, ed. George L. Anagnostopoulos (Athens: Panayotis and Effie Michelis Foundation, 2001), pp. 35-43.
• "Notes pour une phénomenologie de l'exécution musicale," Revue d'esthétique 36, 1999, 143-150.
• "Notes for a Phenomenology of Musical Performance," Philosophy of Music Education Review, 7, no. 2 (Fall 1999), pp.73-79.
• "Re-thinking Aesthetics," in Filozofski vestnik, XX (2/1999 - XIV ICA), Proceedings of the XIV International Congress of Aesthetics (Ljubljana, Slovenia, pp. 25-33.
• "Getting Along Beautifully," invited essay for Aesthetics and Everyday Life, ed. A. Haapala and P. von Bonsdorff (Lahti, Finland: International Institute for Applied Aesthetics).
• "The Wilderness City: An Essay on Metphorical Experience," A. Haapala, ed., The City as Cultural Metaphor: Studies in Urban Aesthetics (Lahti, Finland: International Institute for Applied Aesthetics, 1998), pp.16-25.
• "Introduction," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 56/2 (1998), special issue on environmental aesthetics, co-authored with Allen Carlson.
• "Environmental Aesthetics," for The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. M. Kelly ( Oxford University Press, 1998).
• "Environment and the Body," in Place and Embodiment, ed. P.T. Karjalainen & P.von Bonsdorff (Lahti: University of Helsinki, 1997), pp. 69-78.
• "Aesthetics in Practice and the Practice of Aesthetics," International Yearbook of Aesthetics, I (1996), 80-86.
• "The Critical Aesthetics of Disney World," Journal of Applied Philosophy, 11/2 (1994), 171-180.
• "Architecture and the Aesthetics of Continuity," in Philosophy and Architecture, ed. M. Mitias (Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994), pp.21-30.
• "On the Aesthetics of Art and Nature," in Landscape, Natural Beauty, and the Arts, edited by Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).
• "The Viewer in the Landscape," EDRA 13, Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (Washington, D.C., l982), pp.161-165.
"Architecture as Environmental Design," in Art and Engagement (Philadelphia: Temple,1991), (Ch. 3), pp. 76-104.
• "The Museum of Art as a Participatory Environment," Curator, 33/1 (March 1990), 31-39.
• "Aesthetic Perception in Environmental Design," in Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, and Applications, edited by Jack Nasar (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 84-97.
• "The Environment as an Aesthetic Paradigm," Dialectics and Humanism, XV, 1-2/1988, 95-106.
• "Art in Space, Aesthetic and Ethical Issues in Outer Space," with Sarah Fowler, The Monist, 70/1 (October 1987), 72-87.
• "Cultivating an Urban Aesthetic," Diogenes, 136 (October-December 1986), 1-18. French edition entitled, "A la recherche d'une esthetique urbaine." The English version was published in September 1987. Reprinted in Chinese translation in Diogene, Anthologieen chinois, Vol. 2, 1987 (No.6).
• "Art and Space-Age Communities," in Art and Technology, ed. Rene Berger and Lloyd Eby (New York: Paragon House, 1986), pp. 383-389.
• "Toward a Phenomenological Aesthetics of Environment," in Descriptions, ed. H. Silverman and D. Idhe (State University of New York Press, 1985), pp.112-128.
• "Aesthetic Participation and the Urban Environment," in Urban Resources, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Summer 1984), 37-42.
• "Environmental Reciprocity: A Study in Aesthetics and Environmental Experience," EDRA 15, Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, 5 pp.
• "Aesthetic Paradigms for an Urban Ecology," Diogenes, l03 (Fall l978), l-28. French version, "Exigences esthetiques d'une ecologie urbaine," Juilllet-Septembre l978, III-XXVII. Published also in Arabic edition. Reprinted in Chinese translation in Diogene, Anthologieen chinois, Vol. 2, 1987 (No.6).
• "The Aesthetics of the Human Environment," Proceedings of VII International Congress of Aesthetics (Bucharest, Romania: II, Editura Academiei Republic Socialiste Romanie, l977), pp.345-348.
• "Art and the Future of Aesthetics," Proceedings of the Second Latin American Congress of Aesthetics.