Clouds of Illusion in the Aesthetics of Nature

  title={Clouds of Illusion in the Aesthetics of Nature},
  author={Nick Zangwill},
  journal={The Philosophical Quarterly},
  • Nick Zangwill
  • Published 1 July 2013
  • Art, Philosophy
  • The Philosophical Quarterly
I defend extreme formalism about the aesthetics of inorganic nature. I outline the general issue over aesthetic formalism as it manifests itself in the visual arts. The main issue is over whether we need to know about the history of artworks in order to appreciate them aesthetically. I then turn to nature and concede that with organic nature we need to know a thing's biological kinds if we are fully to appreciate it. However, with in organic nature I deny that we need to know the deeper nature… 
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