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Allen Carlson
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada, T6G 2E7 

Research Interests: Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, Aesthetics of Nature

Recent Publications:


Nature and Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) 184 pp, 12 illus.
Functional Beauty, with G. Parsons (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, paperback 2012) 256 pp.
Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art and Architecture (London: Routledge, 2000, paperback 2002) 247 pp., 10 illus.

Edited books:

Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty, ed. with S. Lintott (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008) 472 pp.
The Aesthetics of Human Environments, ed. with A. Berleant (Peterborough: Broadview, 2007) 312 pp.
The Aesthetics of Natural Environments, ed. with A. Berleant (Peterborough: Broadview, 2004) 312 pp.

Chapters in books:

“Ten Steps in the Development of Western Environmental Aesthetics,” Environmental Aesthetics, eds., Jozef Keulartz and Martin Drenthen (Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press, forthcoming).
“Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature and Environmentalism,” Philosophy and the Environment: Royal Institute of Philosophy 69, ed., Anthony O'Hear (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) pp. 137-155.
“Scientific Understanding of Environmental Aesthetics in Perspective,” with Xue Fuxing, trans. Xue Fuxing, Aesthetics International - Contemporary International Aestheticians Interviews, ed., Liu Yuedi (Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2010) pp. 128-162.
“Tarkasteluun kasvattaminen: mikä on olennaista maisemassa?” (Aesthetic Experience: What is Relevant to Landscape?), trans. T. Nuopponen, Maiseman kanssa kasvokkain (Face to Face with the Landscape), eds., Y. Sepänmaa, L. Heikkilä-Palo, and V. Kaukio (Helsinki: Maahenki Oy, 2007) pp. 92-107.
“‘We see beauty now where we could not see it before’: Rolston’s Aesthetics of Nature,” Nature, Value, Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III, eds., C. Preston and W. Ouderkirk (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006) pp. 103-124.
“The Requirements for an Adequate Aesthetics of Nature,” Aesthetic Culture: Essays in Honour of Yrjo Sepänmaa on his Sixtieth Birthday, 12 December 2005, eds., Seppo Knuuttila, Erkki Sevanen and Risto Turunen (Helsinki: Maahenki Oy, 2005) pp. 15-34.


“Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Requirements of Environmentalism,” Environmental Values 19 (2010): 289-314.
“The Requirements for an Adequate Aesthetics of Nature,” Environmental Philosophy 4 (2007): 1-12.
“Arnold Berleant’s Environmental Aesthetics,” Ethics, Place and Environment 10 (2007): 217-225.
“Aesthetics and Environment,” British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (2006): 416-427.
“The Aesthetic Appreciation of Architecture under Different Conceptions of the Environment,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 40 (2006): 77-88.
“Scientific Representations of Natural Landscapes and Appropriate Aesthetic Appreciation,” Rivista di Estetica 29 (2005): 41-51.
“Budd and Brady on the Aesthetics of Nature,” Philosophical Quarterly 55 (2005): 107-114.
“New Formalism and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature,” with G. Parsons, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2004): 363-376.

Internet Resources:

“Teaching Environmental Aesthetics,” American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter 22 (2003, updated 2008): 3-5.

“Environmental Aesthetics,” Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, ed. E. N. Zalta (Stanford: SEP, 2007, revised 2010).



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