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2003 - 2005

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The Nature Aesthetics of Josef Velenovský

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/178/the-nature-aesthetics-of-josef-velenovsky

 

Josef Velenovský (1858–1949) was one of the founders of botany in Bohemia. Because of his inclinations towards Goethean biology, aesthetic phenomena in nature played an important role in his work. Velenovský is thus a good example of a biologist who also tried to understand the aesthetic dimension of nature. In his studies of evolution, Velenovský directly postulated the ornamentalism principle as one of the fundamental principles in the evolution of living organisms. He criticized the reduction of evolution to mere Darwinian natural selection and pointed out the independence of aesthetic structures in living nature. Similarly, he refused to see only the struggle for survival in nature, emphasizing instead cooperation and harmony among organisms.
The second half of the text discusses parallels between Velenovský’s opinions and contemporary biological thinking. Aesthetic principles independent of natural selection can be found among humanities-oriented thinkers such as Roger Caillois
and biologists such as Adolf Portmann and his followers.

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