Whose goodness? : ethics and aesthetics in a landscape of dissensus

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Whose goodness? : ethics and aesthetics in a landscape of dissensus
Author(s) Hellström Reimer, Maria
Date 2012
English abstract
Is there a logical relationship between ethics and aesthetics? Or perhaps even a natural link between practical reasoning, ‘common sense’ and the sphere of sensuous judgment? Propelled by an increasing environmental engagement and landscape awareness, these and similar philosophical questions again incur interest, motivating commentators to talk about ‘an ethical turn’. However, it is a ‘turn’ that gives rise to supplementary questions concerning the role of aesthetics and the conditions for creativity, contestation and change. Revisiting earlier ethico-aesthetic turns and twists, from modernist anti-aesthetics to contemporary neo- and onto-aesthetics, the essay aims to historicize the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, including the effect on landscape in these polemics. Ultimately, the ethico-aesthetic conjuncture constitutes the structural paradox of a ‘modernity’, which simultaneously expands horizontally and elevates vertically, consensually interlocking assumptions of commonality, subjectivity and reality. The critical alternative, it is argued, is to consider the aesthetic as a political site, where the distribution of the sensuous is a dissensual matter of (landscape) concern.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/18626033.2012.746092 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Host/Issue Journal of Landscape Architecture;2
Volume 7
ISSN 1862-6033
Pages 76-81
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) aesthetics
anti-aesthetics
ethics
politics
consensus
dissensus
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14519 (link to this page)

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