Social Ecology and Aesthetic Criticism

dc.contributor.authorOwen, Connoren
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-19T15:44:52Z
dc.date.available2016-12-19T15:44:52Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.description.abstractWhile ecocriticism has become a respected field in literary theory and in the broader landscape of aesthetic philosophy, it could benefit from an enhanced ethical-political framework which social ecology – an underrated critical theory developed by Murray Bookchin – could provide. This essay attempts to tease out the potentials for such a framework, integrating the insights of social ecology, ecocriticism, Critical Realism, and John Dewey's aesthetic concepts into a layered idea-set used for the study of all kinds of aesthetic objects, from popular art to the gallery arts. Its key principles are the emergence of aesthetic objects (including formal artworks) out of congealed human experience, the relation between organism and environment in assessing meaning, the breakdown of implicit or overt hierarchies within a work, and the idea of the artist and art-critic as a "gardener". Author keywords: Social ecology; Aesthetics; Ecocriticism; Aesthetic philosophy; Ecosemioticsen
dc.identifier.citationOwen, C. (2016). Social Ecology and Aesthetic Criticism. Studies in Arts and Humanities, 2 (2).en
dc.identifier.issn2009-8278
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10788/3066
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAHkartellen
dc.rights.holderCopyright: The authoren
dc.rights.urihttp://esource.dbs.ie/copyright
dc.source.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18193/sah.v2i2.78
dc.subjectSociologyen
dc.subjectPhilosophyen
dc.titleSocial Ecology and Aesthetic Criticismen
dc.typeArticleen
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