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Environmental Aesthetics and Public Environmental Philosophy. Katherine W. Robinson & Kevin C. Elliot Seminar Presentation Taylor Edmund April 11, 2012 Prof. Hettinger. The Lily pond story. Killing the lilies, diminish the clarity of the water, and contaminate a connecting lake

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Environmental aesthetics and public environmental philosophy

Environmental Aesthetics and Public Environmental Philosophy

  • Katherine W. Robinson & Kevin C. Elliot

  • Seminar Presentation

  • Taylor Edmund

  • April 11, 2012

  • Prof. Hettinger


The lily pond story

The Lily pond story

  • Killing the lilies, diminish the clarity of the water, and contaminate a connecting lake

  • Aesthetic considerations are motivational

  • “Sense of place”

  • Aesthetic concerns shine light on other issues

  • Aesthetic considerations should play a role in developing a public environmental philosophy


The purpose

The purpose

  • Beauty is an important reason for protecting nature

  • To make a case for environmental aesthetics

  • Aesthetic Integrity

  • Central to people’s sense of place

  • Written to be motivational instrument


Aesthetic integrity

Aesthetic Integrity

  • Complexity of environmental aesthetics calls for this concept

  • “a kind of aesthetic principle for strategy and planning” (Brady 2002, 75)

  • Environmental, ecological, and diachronic integrity

  • Difficult to evaluate aesthetic integrity, but is often easier to point out detriments to the aesthetic integrity

  • Examples of threats to aesthetic integrity

  • Differences in opinions and problems with economics


Importance of aesthetic integrity

Importance of Aesthetic Integrity

  • A fundamental component in public environmental philosophy

  • Important in our sense of place

  • People’s attachment and care of a particular place

  • Aesthetic integrity and its position in “sense of place”


Stedman s study 2003

Stedman’s Study (2003)

  • 3 models of how a landscape may influence the sense of place

  • Direct Effects Model

  • Meaning-mediated Model

  • Experiential Model

  • The “take-home lesson”


Moral importance

Moral Importance

  • Problems with developing a public environmental philosophy

  • Sense of place is not only a motivational aspect, but affects human well-being

  • AIP Principle

  • Kant and Mill

  • degradation is a moral issue

  • 3 environmental rights in democracy


The green diamond case

the Green Diamond case

  • Economic impacts

  • What did the citizens do?

  • The 4 lessons about aesthetic integrity

    • effectiveness, deliberation, umbrella and objectivity

  • Useful on a national and global scale


  • The case cont

    The case cont..

    • Use other issues to benefit environmental concerns

    • 4 significant effects

    • Generating more interest

    • Subjectivity of aesthetic judgements


    Conclusion

    Conclusion

    • What should philosophers be doing?

    • Using the frames

    • Changing the institutions

    • Social learning

    • Bettering the importance of aesthetic integrity


    Works cited

    Works Cited

    • Katherine W. Robinson & Kevin C. Elliot (2011): Environmental Aesthetics and Public Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, Policy & Environment, 14:2, 175-191


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