Aesthetic Sustainability and Intergenerational Environmental Aesthetics

Lehtinen, S. (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture

Description

Natural environments are undergoing rapid change globally. Anthropogenic change becomes experienced for example in the form of changes in landscapes and weather conditions. In environmental aesthetics, this change has been examined through recognizing a break in how we experience or assess environments and what we know of them and the reasons behind the change. Anthropogenic environmental change is thus approached through changes in the perceivable, aesthetic qualities of environments. However, also more nuanced understanding of the process of the change in values themselves is needed. This talk will present the concept of aesthetic sustainability and discuss how it is linked to the idea of intergenerational aesthetics. In philosophy, intergenerational thinking in general emphasizes taking into consideration the perspective of the future generations. Besides future human generations, decisions made today affect also the multitude of non-human species. As examples of friction between changing aesthetic values and the features of familiar environments, this talk will present some different types of traditional landscapes, that are undergoing significant change in how they are valued. This will illustrate the idea that some values sustain while others change from one generation to another.
Period28 Apr 2021
Event titleMarshall T. Steel Center: Virtuous Conversations Talk Series: null
Event typeSeminar
LocationConway, United States, Arkansas
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • aesthetics
  • sustainability
  • environmental philosophy