Environmental Aesthetics & Ethics: At the Intersection

May 12, 2016 - May 14, 2016
Indiana University, Bloomington

Oak Room
900 E 7th St
Bloomington 47405
United States


  • American Society for Aesthetics
  • College Arts and Humanities Institute
  • IUB Dept of Philosophy
  • IUB School of Public Health
  • IUB School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • IUB Media School
  • IUB Landscape Studies PhD Minor Program
  • IUB Dept. of Geography

All speakers:

Emily Brady
University of Edinburgh
Allen Carlson
University of Alberta
Noël Carroll
Ned Hettinger
College of Charleston
Dale Jamieson
James Justus
Florida State University
Sheila Lintott
Bucknell University
Katie McShane
Colorado State University
Glenn Parsons
Ryerson University, Toronto
Katherine Robinson
University of South Carolina
Yuriko Saito
Rhode Island School of Design
Levi Tenen
Indiana University, Bloomington
Jonathan Weinberg
University of Arizona


Indiana University, Bloomington
Levi Tenen
Indiana University, Bloomington

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More and more people today are concerned about the impact humans have on the natural environment. Therefore, of increasing philosophical concern is the question, what grounds our responsibility to protect the natural world, especially the non-sentient parts of it? A number of philosophers have suggested that we should justify protecting the environment partly for aesthetic reasons.

            There have been several recent attempts to provide a theory of environmental aesthetics. Yet most of the attention in environmental aesthetics has been focused on whether the theories on offer are good accounts of our aesthetic experiences of nature. What has remained in the background is whether environmental aesthetic theories can ground, provide reasons for, or even justify protecting the environment.

            We aim to foreground the relation between environmental aesthetics and environmental protection. Bringing together an array of international scholars, we will discuss why, if at all, we have a responsibility to protect non-sentient parts of the natural environment. Are such responsibilities best justified on aesthetic or moral grounds, or some combination of the two? This conference is open to the public. Registration is free but required. Visit http://enviroethics.indiana.edu/ for further information.

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