Environmental Aesthetics Beyond the Dialectics of Interest and Disinterest: Deconstructing the Myth of Pristine Nature

Antony Fredriksson

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    In this paper I want to scrutinize one of the key ideas within modern Western aesthetics. Beauty is often considered to derive from a virtuous disinterested attitude towards nature. This kind of view has been advocated by thinkers such as Shaftesbury and Kant in the beginning of the so-called aesthetic turn in philosophy. The problem with this view is that it presupposes that nature exists by itself before human intervention in a kind of ideal pristine state. My hypothesis is that this ideal of pristine nature constitutes one of the underlying problems of many contemporary environmental discourses.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)89–105
    JournalNordic Journal of Aesthetics
    Issue number40-41
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Pristine nature
    • Culture
    • Natural beauty
    • Disinterestedness
    • Picturesque
    • Sublime

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