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1-4/2007

XLIV
Issued: 18th December 2007
Quarterly
Founded: 1964
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: Czech, English

The Rebirth of Natural Beauty in the Work of Ronald W. Hepburn

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/67/the-rebirth-of-natural-beauty-in-the-work-of-ronald-w-hepburn

 

The article considers the changing status of natural beauty in the twentieth century. This situation is presented with reference to extreme changes of interest connected with this field of value. The article begins by exploring some current theoretical presuppositions concerning this field (primarily the problem of making a distinction between artistic and natural aesthetic value considered within one aesthetic field). The focus of the following sections is on a pioneering text, which ended a long period of indifference to natural beauty – namely, Ronald W. Hepburn’s “Contemporary Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty” (1966). This famous essay is considered in relation to both the general problem of the distinction and the subsequent development of models of the aesthetic appreciation of nature in the second half of the twentieth century (chiefly, the natural environmental model of Allen Carlson and environmental formalism), which were profoundly anticipated by Hepburn.