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Title: Aesthetics and the natural environment
Author: Foster, C. A.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis offers a philosophical perspective on a topic that enjoys interdisciplinary attention: the aesthetics of the natural environment. My observation is that most contemporary theories about the appreciation and evaluation of natural beauty rely on one of two models, the first based on art history and criticism, the second derivative of scientific categories and interpretations. I argue for a third approach, one that draws on philosophical issues in aesthetics, and develop it as an alternative to the art and science-based models of natural beauty. Part I of the thesis attempts to remedy the neglect of contributions to the aesthetics of nature from the history of philosophy. The first two chapters demonstrate how Kant and Schopenhauer are particularly misinterpreted with regard to natural beauty and in them I offer readings which are rich in their implications for aesthetic theory. Chapters Three and Four grow out of these implications, highlighting those issues discussed by Kant and Schopenhauer which are foundational to environmental aesthetics. Part 2 of the thesis develops the points made explicit in Chapters Three and Four, using them as loose guidelines in structuring an approach to the aesthetics of nature which is bound by neither art nor science.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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