CFP: The Good, the Beautiful, the Green: Environmentalism and Aesthetics

Submission deadline: December 31, 2017

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The Good, the Beautiful, the Green: Environmentalism and Aesthetics 

A Special Issue of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 

Guest Editors: Sandra Shapshay and Levi Tenen 

Submissions on any philosophical treatment of environmental aesthetics and ethics are welcome, but papers addressing these questions are especially welcome: 

  •  Do we have aesthetic reasons, moral reasons, or some combination of these for protecting the natural environment? 
  •  How does an object’s aesthetic value structure our reasons for acting? 
  •  Are environmentally beneficial projects (e.g. wind farms) aesthetically flawed? 
  •  How do non-western aesthetic approaches conceive of the relation between aesthetics and ethics, especially with respect to the natural world? 
  •  Can Land Art be aesthetically flawed for negatively impacting the environment? 
  •  What particular actions ought we to take towards the environment? 
  •  Are moral reasons more normatively fundamental than aesthetic reasons, vice versa, or is neither more fundamental than the other? 
  •  Can, and do, aesthetic values conflict with moral values? 
  •  How have past philosophers conceived of the relation between environmental aesthetics and ethics? 
  •  What role do aesthetic considerations play in motivating people to act for the sake of the environment? 
  •  Does positive aesthetics rest on a moral claim? 

Submissions should not exceed 7,500 words and must comply with the general guidelines for submissions. (See “Submissions” on the JAAC page on the American Society for Aesthetics website: Upload submissions to the JAAC online submission website,, making sure they are identified as submissions for the special issue: at the prompt for manuscript type, select “special issue” rather than “original article.” 

If you have questions, please contact: 

Levi Tenen ( or Sandra Shapshay ( 

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2017 

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