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Aesthetics and the Environment - The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture (Hardcover): Allen Carlson Aesthetics and the Environment - The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture (Hardcover)
Allen Carlson
R2,234 Discovery Miles 22 340 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Traditional aesthetics is often associated with the appreciation of art, Allen Carlson shows how much of our aesthetic experience does not encompass art but nature, in our response to sunsets, mountains or horizons or more mundane surroundings, like gardens or the view from our window.
He argues that knowledge of what it is we are appreciating is essential to having an appropriate aesthetic experience and that scientific understanding of nature can enhance our appreciation of it, rather than denigrate it.

Nature and Landscape - An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics (Paperback): Allen Carlson Nature and Landscape - An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics (Paperback)
Allen Carlson
R564 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R129 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics studies and encourages the appreciation of not just natural environments but also human-made and human-modified landscapes.

"Nature and Landscape" is an important introduction to this rapidly growing area of aesthetic understanding and appreciation. Allen Carlson begins by tracing the development of the field's historical background, and then surveys contemporary positions on the aesthetics of nature, such as scientific cognitivism, which holds that certain kinds of scientific knowledge are necessary for a full appreciation of natural environments. Carlson next turns to environments that have been created or changed by humans and the dilemmas that are posed by the appreciation of such landscapes. He examines how to aesthetically appreciate a variety of urban and rural landscapes and concludes with a discussion of whether there is, in general, a correct way to aesthetically experience the environment.

Aesthetics and the Environment - The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture (Paperback, Revised): Allen Carlson Aesthetics and the Environment - The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture (Paperback, Revised)
Allen Carlson
R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Traditional aesthetics is often associated with the appreciation of art, Allen Carlson shows how much of our aesthetic experience does not encompass art but nature. He argues that knowledge of what it is we are appreciating is essential to having an appropriate aesthetic experience and that scientific understanding of nature can enhance our appreciation of it, rather than denigrate it.

Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism - From Beauty to Duty (Paperback): Allen Carlson, Sheila Lintott Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism - From Beauty to Duty (Paperback)
Allen Carlson, Sheila Lintott
R639 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R142 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Environmental aesthetics is an emerging field of study that focuses on nature's aesthetic value as well as on its ethical and environmental implications. Drawing on the research of a number of disciplines, this exciting new area speaks to scholars working in a range of fields, including not only philosophy, but also environmental and cultural studies, public policy and planning, social and political theory, landscape design and management, and art and architecture.

"Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty" addresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the valuable contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism. Allen Carlson, a pioneer in environmental aesthetics, and Sheila Lintott, who has published widely in aesthetics, combine important historical essays on the appreciation of nature with the best contemporary research in the field. They begin with classic pieces by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Aldo Leopold, as well as an essay by Eugene Hargrove that lays out the scientific, artistic, and aesthetic foundations of current environmental beliefs and attitudes. The second section of the book addresses prevailing views on the conceptualization of nature and the various debates on how to properly and respectfully appreciate nature. The third section introduces positive aesthetics, the belief that everything in nature is essentially beautiful, even the devastation caused by earthquakes or floods. The essays in the final section explicitly bring together aesthetics, ethics, and environmentalism to explore the ways in which each might affectthe others.

Functional Beauty (Paperback): Glenn Parsons, Allen Carlson Functional Beauty (Paperback)
Glenn Parsons, Allen Carlson
R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson offer an in-depth philosophical study of the relationship between function and aesthetic value, breaking with the philosophical tradition of seeing the two as separate. They begin by developing and defending, in a general way, the concept of Functional Beauty, exploring how the role of function in aesthetic appreciation has been treated by some notable thinkers in the history of aesthetics. They then consider the relationship to Functional Beauty of certain views in current aesthetic thought, especially what we call "cognitively rich" approaches to the aesthetic appreciation of both art and nature. Turning to work on the nature of function in the philosophy of science, they argue that this line of enquiry can help solve certain philosophical problems that have been raised for the idea that knowledge of function plays an important role in aesthetic appreciation.
Although philosophical discussions of aesthetic appreciation tend to focus largely and sometimes almost exclusively on artworks, the range of aesthetic appreciation is, of course, much larger. Not simply art, but also nature, architecture, and even more mundane, everyday things--cars, tools, clothing, furniture, and sports--are objects of frequent and enthusiastic aesthetic appreciation. Accordingly, in the second half of the book, Glen Parsons and Allen Carlson consider the place and importance of Functional Beauty in the aesthetic appreciation of a broad range of different kinds of things. The final chapters explore Functional Beauty in nature and the natural environment, in architecture and the built environment, in everyday artifacts, events, and activities, and finally in art and the artworld. In each case, Parsons and Carlson argue that Functional Beauty illuminates our aesthetic experiences and helps to address various theoretical issues raised by these different objects of appreciation.

Contemporary Chinese Politics - New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Paperback): Allen Carlson, Mary Elizabeth... Contemporary Chinese Politics - New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Paperback)
Allen Carlson, Mary Elizabeth Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, Melanie Manion
R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Contemporary Chinese Politics: Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies considers how new and diverse sources and methods are changing the study of Chinese politics. Contributors spanning three generations in China studies place their distinct qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in the framework of the discipline and point to challenges or opportunities (or both) of adapting new sources and methods to the study of contemporary China. How can we more effectively use new sources and methods of data collection? How can we better integrate the study of Chinese politics into the discipline of political science, to the betterment of both? This comprehensive methodological survey will be of immense interest to graduate students heading into the field for the first time and experienced scholars looking to keep abreast of the state of the art in the study of Chinese politics.

Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism - From Beauty to Duty (Hardcover, New): Allen Carlson, Sheila Lintott Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism - From Beauty to Duty (Hardcover, New)
Allen Carlson, Sheila Lintott
R1,810 R1,337 Discovery Miles 13 370 Save R473 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Environmental aesthetics is an emerging field of study that focuses on nature's aesthetic value as well as on its ethical and environmental implications. Drawing on the research of a number of disciplines, this exciting new area speaks to scholars working in a range of fields, including not only philosophy, but also environmental and cultural studies, public policy and planning, social and political theory, landscape design and management, and art and architecture.

"Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty" addresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the valuable contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism. Allen Carlson, a pioneer in environmental aesthetics, and Sheila Lintott, who has published widely in aesthetics, combine important historical essays on the appreciation of nature with the best contemporary research in the field. They begin with classic pieces by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Aldo Leopold, as well as an essay by Eugene Hargrove that lays out the scientific, artistic, and aesthetic foundations of current environmental beliefs and attitudes. The second section of the book addresses prevailing views on the conceptualization of nature and the various debates on how to properly and respectfully appreciate nature. The third section introduces positive aesthetics, the belief that everything in nature is essentially beautiful, even the devastation caused by earthquakes or floods. The essays in the final section explicitly bring together aesthetics, ethics, and environmentalism to explore the ways in which each might affectthe others.

Rethinking Security in East Asia - Identity, Power, and Efficiency (Paperback): J.J. Suh, Peter J. Katzenstein, Allen Carlson Rethinking Security in East Asia - Identity, Power, and Efficiency (Paperback)
J.J. Suh, Peter J. Katzenstein, Allen Carlson
R566 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Is East Asia heading toward war? Throughout the 1990s, conventional wisdom among U.S. scholars of international relations held that institutionalized cooperation in Europe fosters peace, while its absence from East Asia portends conflict. Developments in Europe and Asia in the 1990s contradict the conventional wisdom without discrediting it. Explanations that derive from only one paradigm or research program have shortcomings beyond their inability to recognize important empirical anomalies. International relations research is better served by combining explanatory approaches from different research traditions.
This book makes a case for a new theoretical approach (called "analytical eclecticism" by the authors) to the study of Asian security. It informs the analysis in subsequent chapters of central topics in East Asian security, with specific reference to China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. The authors conclude that the prospects for peace in East Asia look less dire than conventional--in many cases Eurocentric--theories of international relations suggest. At the same time, they point to a number of potentially destabilizing political developments.

Nature and Landscape - An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics (Hardcover): Allen Carlson Nature and Landscape - An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics (Hardcover)
Allen Carlson
R1,643 R1,426 Discovery Miles 14 260 Save R217 (13%) Special order

The roots of environmental aesthetics reach back to the ideas of eighteenth-century thinkers who found nature an ideal source of aesthetic experience. Today, having blossomed into a significant subfield of aesthetics, environmental aesthetics studies and encourages the appreciation of not just natural environments but also human-made and human-modified landscapes.

"Nature and Landscape" is an important introduction to this rapidly growing area of aesthetic understanding and appreciation. Allen Carlson begins by tracing the development of the field's historical background, and then surveys contemporary positions on the aesthetics of nature, such as scientific cognitivism, which holds that certain kinds of scientific knowledge are necessary for a full appreciation of natural environments. Carlson next turns to environments that have been created or changed by humans and the dilemmas that are posed by the appreciation of such landscapes. He examines how to aesthetically appreciate a variety of urban and rural landscapes and concludes with a discussion of whether there is, in general, a correct way to aesthetically experience the environment.

New Frontiers in China's Foreign Relations - Zhongguo Waijiao de Xin Bianjiang (Hardcover, New): Allen Carlson, Ren Xiao New Frontiers in China's Foreign Relations - Zhongguo Waijiao de Xin Bianjiang (Hardcover, New)
Allen Carlson, Ren Xiao
R1,538 Discovery Miles 15 380 Special order

This book stands as a rebuke to any who would attempt to forward simplistic interpretations of China's rise. In place of parsimonious arguments, or an endorsement of any singular set of images (whether pacific or confrontational), it repeatedly calls attention to the remarkable complexity of China's emerging international profile. More specifically, the leading Chinese and American scholars working in the fields of Chinese foreign policy, international political economy, and national security, who contributed to this volume argue that while China appears to be entering a new era in its relationship with the outside world, such a development encompasses disparate, even contradictory, policies, and, as a result, there is a great deal of fluidity within China's place in world politics.

Textes Cles D'Esthetique de L'Environnement - Appreciation, Connaissance Et Devoir (French, Paperback):... Textes Cles D'Esthetique de L'Environnement - Appreciation, Connaissance Et Devoir (French, Paperback)
Hicham-Stephane Afeissa, Yann Lafolie; Text written by Arnold Berleant, Emily Brady, Allen Carlson, …
R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Special order
Textes Cles de Philosophie de L'Architecture (French, Paperback): Alvar Aalto, Rudolf Arnheim, Allen Carlson, Jacques... Textes Cles de Philosophie de L'Architecture (French, Paperback)
Alvar Aalto, Rudolf Arnheim, Allen Carlson, Jacques Dewitte, Nelson Goodman, …
R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Special order
The Aesthetics of Natural Environments (Paperback): Allen Carlson, Arnold Berleant The Aesthetics of Natural Environments (Paperback)
Allen Carlson, Arnold Berleant
R962 Discovery Miles 9 620 Special order

The Aesthetics of Natural Environments is a collection of essays investigating philosophical and aesthetics issues that arise in our appreciation of natural environments. The introduction gives an historical and conceptual overview of the rapidly developing field of study known as environmental aesthetics. The essays consist of classic pieces as well as new contributions by some of the most prominent individuals now working in the field and range from theoretical to applied approaches.The topics covered include the nature and value of natural beauty, the relationship between art appreciation and nature appreciation, the role of knowledge in the aesthetic appreciation of nature, the importance of environmental participation to the appreciation of environments, and the connections between the aesthetic appreciation of nature and our ethical obligations concerning its maintenance and preservation.This volume is for scholars and students focussed on nature, landscapes, and environments, individuals in areas such as aesthetics, environmental ethics, geography, environmental studies, landscape architecture, landscape ecology, and the planning and design disciplines. It is also for any reader interested in and concerned about the aesthetic quality of the world in which we live.

Contemporary Chinese Politics - New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Hardcover): Allen Carlson, Mary Elizabeth... Contemporary Chinese Politics - New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Hardcover)
Allen Carlson, Mary Elizabeth Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, Melanie Manion
R1,528 Discovery Miles 15 280 Special order

Contemporary Chinese Politics: Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies considers how new and diverse sources and methods are changing the study of Chinese politics. Contributors spanning three generations in China studies place their distinct qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in the framework of the discipline and point to challenges or opportunities (or both) of adapting new sources and methods to the study of contemporary China. How can we more effectively use new sources and methods of data collection? How can we better integrate the study of Chinese politics into the discipline of political science, to the betterment of both? This comprehensive methodological survey will be of immense interest to graduate students heading into the field for the first time and experienced scholars looking to keep abreast of the state of the art in the study of Chinese politics.

Functional Beauty (Hardcover, New): Glenn Parsons, Allen Carlson Functional Beauty (Hardcover, New)
Glenn Parsons, Allen Carlson
R1,487 Discovery Miles 14 870 Special order

Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson offer an in-depth philosophical study of the relationship between function and aesthetic value, breaking with the philosophical tradition of seeing the two as separate.
They begin by developing and defending, in a general way, the concept of Functional Beauty, exploring how the role of function in aesthetic appreciation has been treated by some notable thinkers in the history of aesthetics. They then consider the relationship to Functional Beauty of certain views in current aesthetic thought, especially what we call 'cognitively rich' approaches to the aesthetic appreciation of both art and nature. Turning to work on the nature of function in the philosophy of science, they argue that this line of enquiry can help solve certain philosophical problems that have been raised for the idea that knowledge of function plays an important role in aesthetic appreciation.
Although philosophical discussions of aesthetic appreciation tend to focus largely and sometimes almost exclusively on artworks, the range of aesthetic appreciation is, of course, much larger. Not simply art, but also nature, architecture, and even more mundane, everyday things--cars, tools, clothing, furniture, and sports--are objects of frequent and enthusiastic aesthetic appreciation. Accordingly, in the second half of the book, Glen Parsons and Allen Carlson consider the place and importance of Functional Beauty in the aesthetic appreciation of a broad range of different kinds of things. The final chapters explore Functional Beauty in nature and the natural environment, in architecture and the built environment, in everyday artifacts, events, and activities, and finally in art and theartworld. In each case, Parsons and Carlson argue that Functional Beauty illuminates our aesthetic experiences and helps to address various theoretical issues raised by these different objects of appreciation.

Rethinking Security in East Asia - Identity, Power, and Efficiency (Hardcover, Lte): J.J. Suh, Peter J. Katzenstein, Allen... Rethinking Security in East Asia - Identity, Power, and Efficiency (Hardcover, Lte)
J.J. Suh, Peter J. Katzenstein, Allen Carlson
R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Special order

Is East Asia heading toward war? Throughout the 1990s, conventional wisdom among U.S. scholars of international relations held that institutionalized cooperation in Europe fosters peace, while its absence from East Asia portends conflict. Developments in Europe and Asia in the 1990s contradict the conventional wisdom without discrediting it. Explanations that derive from only one paradigm or research program have shortcomings beyond their inability to recognize important empirical anomalies. International relations research is better served by combining explanatory approaches from different research traditions.
This book makes a case for a new theoretical approach (called "analytical eclecticism" by the authors) to the study of Asian security. It informs the analysis in subsequent chapters of central topics in East Asian security, with specific reference to China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. The authors conclude that the prospects for peace in East Asia look less dire than conventional--in many cases Eurocentric--theories of international relations suggest. At the same time, they point to a number of potentially destabilizing political developments.

Unifying China, Integrating with the World - Securing Chinese Sovereignty in the Reform Era (Hardcover, Twenty-Third an): Allen... Unifying China, Integrating with the World - Securing Chinese Sovereignty in the Reform Era (Hardcover, Twenty-Third an)
Allen Carlson
R1,124 Discovery Miles 11 240 Special order

This book contends that sovereignty, and more directly the extent to which it creates walls between any given state and other actors in the international system, lies at the core of China's foreign relations during the reform era. Through a comprehensive survey of both Chinese and English-language sources, the author shows that during this period China's stance changed in unexpected ways, and argues that such shifts were products of the evolving relationship between deeply entrenched sovereignty-centric values within China, new self-interests created by Deng Xiaoping's emphasis on reform and opening, and the subsequent set of external pressures for change inadvertently brought to bear on China during the last two decades. The key point of interest for generalists is why the Chinese position evolved as it did and what the implications of this change are for the "new sovereignty" debate. For China watchers the book's findings are compelling, since they challenge the current conventional wisdom in the field. Chinese sovereignty is not as unyielding and monolithic as is commonly asserted.

Aesthetics Of Human Environments (Paperback): Allen Carlson, Arnold Berleant Aesthetics Of Human Environments (Paperback)
Allen Carlson, Arnold Berleant
R963 Discovery Miles 9 630 Special order

The Aesthetics of Human Environments is a companion volume to Carlson's and Berleant's The Aesthetics of Natural Environments. Whereas the earlier collection focused on the aesthetic appreciation of nature, The Aesthetics of Human Environments investigates philosophical and aesthetics issues that arise from our engagement with human environments ranging from rural landscapes to urban cityscapes. Our experience of public spaces such as shopping centers, theme parks, and gardens as well as the impact of our personal living spaces on the routine activities of our everyday life are discussed in terms of their aesthetic value and the nature of our aesthetic appreciation.This volume will appeal to any reader concerned about the aesthetic quality of the world in which we live.

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