Chinese Environmental Aesthetics
by Wangheng Chen, translated by Feng Su, edited by Gerald Cipriani
Edited by Gerald Cipriani
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
China is currently afflicted by enormous environmental problems. This book, drawing on ancient and modern Chinese environmental thinking, considers what it is that makes an environment a desirable place for living. The book emphasises ideas of beauty, and discusses how these ideas can be applied in natural, agricultural and urban environments in order to produce desirable environments. The book argues that environment is both a product of nature and of human beings, and as such is potentially alterable by culture. The book explores the three aspects of environmental beauty whereby such alteration might be beneficially made: integrated and holistic; ecological and man-made; and authentic and everyday.
Introduction: Environmental aesthetics as field of research 1. The philosophical foundation of environmental aesthetics 2. Environmental beauty 3. Natural environmental beauty 4. Contemporary aesthetics of nature 5. Beauty and the agricultural environment 6. Environmental beauty and gardens 7. Environmental beauty and architecture 8. Urban environmental beauty 9. Conclusion: An appraisal of the current state of environmental aesthetics and its impact in education
Gerald Cipriani is Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Language at Kyushu University, Japan.