Functional Beauty

Paperback | October 1, 2012

byGlenn Parsons, Allen Carlson

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Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson offer an in-depth philosophical study of the relationship between function and aesthetic value, breaking with the philosophical tradition of seeing the two as separate. They begin by developing and defending, in a general way, the concept of Functional Beauty,exploring how the role of function in aesthetic appreciation has been treated by some notable thinkers in the history of aesthetics. They then consider the relationship to Functional Beauty of certain views in current aesthetic thought, especially what we call 'cognitively rich' approaches to the aesthetic appreciation of both art and nature. Turning to work on the nature of function in the philosophy of science, they argue thatthis line of enquiry can help solve certain philosophical problems that have been raised for the idea that knowledge of function plays an important role in aesthetic appreciation. Although philosophical discussions of aesthetic appreciation tend to focus largely and sometimes almost exclusively on artworks, the range of aesthetic appreciation is, of course, much larger. Not simply art, but also nature, architecture, and even more mundane, everyday things -cars, tools,clothing, furniture, and sports - are objects of frequent and enthusiastic aesthetic appreciation. Accordingly, in the second half of the book, Glen Parsons and Allen Carlson consider the place and importance of Functional Beauty in the aesthetic appreciation of a broad range of different kinds of things. The final chapters explore Functional Beauty in nature and the natural environment, in architecture and the built environment, ineveryday artefacts, events, and activities, and finally in art and the artworld. In each case, Parsons and Carlson argue that Functional Beauty illuminates our aesthetic experiences and helps to address various theoretical issues raised by these different objects of appreciation.

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Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson offer an in-depth philosophical study of the relationship between function and aesthetic value, breaking with the philosophical tradition of seeing the two as separate. They begin by developing and defending, in a general way, the concept of Functional Beauty,exploring how the role of function in aesthet...

Glenn Parsons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University, Toronto. Allen Carlson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199659311

ISBN - 13:9780199659319

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Table of Contents

1. Functional Beauty in the Aesthetic Tradition2. Functional Beauty in Contemporary Aesthetic Theory3. Indeterminacy and the Concept of Function4. Function and Form5. Nature and Environment6. Architecture and the Built Environment7. Artefacts and Everyday Aesthetics8. The Functions of Art9. Conclusion

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"a clear-headed, smart, vigorous defence of a new and very important theoretical position in philosophical aesthetics ... This book is a landmark study of an important subject and the one that anyone interested in the way in which aesthetic judgments are made - whether in art, in nature, or ineveryday life - should read." --Environmental Values