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By Allen Carlson

Conventional aesthetics is frequently linked to the appreciation of artwork, yet Allen Carlson indicates how a lot of

our aesthetic adventure doesn't surround paintings yet nature--in our reaction to sunsets, mountains, horizons or extra mundane atmosphere.

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Twain suggests that the two experiences are mutually exclusive, or at least that each makes the other difficult, if not impossible. On the one hand, the uneducated passenger sees “nothing but” pretty pictures because he or she cannot read the language of the river. ” The first experience Twain describes, that of the grace, the beauty, and the poetry of the river, is of the kind that is typically called aesthetic experience. The second is of the kind that may be characterized as cognitive; it involves an understanding of meanings achieved in virtue of knowledge gained through education or training.

Seemingly the unity evaporates in part because, as formalist aesthetic appreciation is achieved, the white center of the larger shape becomes a part of the background rather than a figure, and this sets free both the black patches at the top of the work and the large concentration of black at the bottom. This in turn undercuts the balance of the work by unstabilizing the relationships between the two major shapes and between the different areas of black, making the whole composition bottom-heavy.

99. ” I discuss the postmodern model in “Between Nature and Art” (in this volume, Chapter 8) and in “Landscape and Literature” (in this volume, Chapter 14). I consider postmodern architecture in “Existence, Location, and Function: The Appreciation of Architecture,” in M. ) Philosophy and Architecture, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 1994, pp. 141–64 (reproduced in this volume, Chapter 13). Some themes of the pluralist model have been suggested to me by the work of Yrjo Sepanmaa, especially his The Beauty of Environment, Second Edition, Denton, Texas, Environmental Ethics Books, 1993.

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