April 30, 2005

Aesthetically Pleasing Environment

After reading Chapter 7 of Aesthetics of the Natural Environment, I have learned plenty more than I ever would have about aesthetics. First of all, I enjoyed reading this passage due to learning more about Kant's ideas. I also have never heard of Sibley, and I was pleased and satisfied with his ideas of aesthetic evaluation.

This was my favorite part of the whole reading. I like the mentioning of the three different types of evaluations. The first is a "straightforward non-aesthetic description," the second is an "aesthetic description," and the third, according to Sibley are "overall verdicts," which pretty much states the reaction a person has to the object. The example given in this reading is, "What a magnificant horse!" The reason why it is magnificant would be due to the characteristics it was given in the second stage (which was because of how graceful it was).

The wording of this passage was a little hard to understand, but right after I read the stages, I understood where this author was coming from. She wants the reader to understand that aesthetic judgement can be related to the environment, which is a certain form of medium.

Another sentence that struck me was, "Often our first contact with the aesthetic object will always have the most impact, and even if lacking in depth, may gain from a heightened kind of awareness and attention to the object" (208). I believe this to be completely true. When I went to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the little kids there (who saw the dinosaur bones for the first time) were completely impacted by how huge and amazing they were. I remember my first time seeing them, I was that same way. But now that I have seen them plenty of times, I am no longer that impacted by the size and aesthetic sight of them. So of course I believe the first contact with an object always has the greatest impact.

Posted by Anne Stadler at April 30, 2005 03:44 PM | TrackBack
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