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Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics

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After half a century, environmental aesthetics successfully expanded the scope of modern art-centred Western aesthetic discourse. I argue that further expansion is in order. First, we should explore the aesthetics of the constituents of the environment, namely artefacts, human activities and social relationships, which determine the quality of life and the state of the world. Second, we need to cultivate aesthetic literacy as well as a normative discourse to steer our aesthetic practice toward a better world-making. Finally, environmental aesthetics needs to be globalised to include rich aesthetic traditions of nature and environment from diverse cultures.
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Keywords: Japanese aesthetics; everyday aestheticst; landscape aesthetics; social aesthetics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-08-01

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