Emily Brady on ZOOM: Aesthetics and the Climate Emergency

21jan4:00 pm5:00 pmEmily Brady on ZOOM: Aesthetics and the Climate Emergency4:00 pm - 5:00 pm OrganiserScottish Aesthetics ForumEvent TypeWebinar & Talks

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What kinds of issues does the climate emergency present to philosophical aesthetics, and how is the field challenged to respond? I argue that a new research agenda is needed for aesthetics and, to this end, I outline a set of foundational issues which are especially pressing: (1) attention to environments that have been neglected by philosophers, for example, the cryosphere and aerosphere; (2) negative aesthetics of environment, in order to grasp aesthetic experiences, meanings, and dis/values in light of the catastrophic effects of global climate change; (3) bringing intergenerational thinking into aesthetics through concepts of temporality and ‘future aesthetics’; (4) understanding the relationship between aesthetic and ethical values as they arise in nature-society interactions. These issues are by no means exhaustive but they serve as my focus in this talk.

Emily Brady is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include aesthetics, environmental ethics, eighteenth-century philosophy, and animal studies.


(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm