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Chinese Environmental Aesthetics

by Wangheng Chen, translated by Feng Su, edited by Gerald Cipriani

Edited by Gerald Cipriani

Routledge – 2015 – 256 pages

Series: Routledge Contemporary China Series

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    978-0-415-54017-9
    June 30th 2015
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Description

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.

Contents

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

Author Bio

Gerald Cipriani is Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Language at Kyushu University, Japan.

Name: Chinese Environmental Aesthetics: by Wangheng Chen, translated by Feng Su, edited by Gerald Cipriani (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Gerald Cipriani. 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,...
Categories: Chinese Culture & Society, Environmental Studies, Environment & Philosophy, Chinese Studies