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The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature$
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Malcolm Budd

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259658.001.0001

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Nature, Art, Aesthetic Properties, and Aesthetic Value

Nature, Art, Aesthetic Properties, and Aesthetic Value

(p.90) 3 Nature, Art, Aesthetic Properties, and Aesthetic Value
The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature

Malcolm Budd (Contributor Webpage)

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Argues against the identification of the aesthetic appreciation of nature with the appreciation of nature as if it were art by focusing on Anthony Savile's superior version of this view. I indicate a lack of clarity in the idea of appreciating a natural thing as the natural thing it is and highlight a difficulty for a non‐category‐relative interpretation of judgements of the aesthetic properties of natural items. I fault a number of arguments for one or another version of the doctrine of positive aesthetics—that the aesthetics of nature untouched by humanity is entirely positive, nature being such as to disallow negative aesthetic judgements about it. I argue that a crucial difference between the appreciation of art and the aesthetic appreciation of nature endows the aesthetic appreciation of nature with a freedom denied to artistic appreciation, and that the idea of a natural item's aesthetic value is such as to render a positive aesthetics of nature problematic.

Keywords:   aesthetic properties, aesthetic value, nature, positive aesthetics, Savile

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