Ecological Aesthetics

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The emerging subdiscipline of ecological aesthetics concerns the aesthetic appreciation of the world in its entirety, including both the natural and built environments, and is consequently the broadest category of aesthetics. This area of study emerged as a distinct field in the latter half of the twentieth century, although its historical roots may be traced to eighteenth century British and Scottish theories of natural aesthetics, especially their treatment of the picturesque in landscape painting, which culminated in Kant’s analysis of the beautiful and sublime in nature. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, aesthetic theory tended to focus almost exclusively on artworks and other objects of human design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContributions To Phenomenology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameContributions To Phenomenology
ISSN (Print)0923-9545
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1915

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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