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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