Habitual Behaviour and Ecology: Why Aesthetics Matters (Preliminary Notes)

Mariagrazia Portera


This paper is mainly intended to provide some insights into the relationship between the aesthetic dimension, human practical/habitual knowledge and the environment (broadly understood); more specifically, I shall shed some light on that variety of problems, issues and questions that arise when we examine role and functioning of our human aesthetic attitude – considered as an anthropological constant result of both biological evolution and cultural evolution and which involves, in its exercise, an intimate relationship between the organism and its environment – within the context of today’s environmental crisis.


Environmental humanities; environmental aesthetics; habits; practical knowledge; art

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-23280

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