Adam Smith's Sympathetic Imagination and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Environment | Academic Article individual record
abstract

This paper explores the significance of Adam Smith's ideas for defending non-cognitivist theories of aesthetic appreciation of nature. Objections to non-cognitivism argue that the exercise of emotion and imagination in aesthetic judgement potentially sentimentalizes and trivializes nature. I argue that although directed at moral judgement, Smith's views also find a place in addressing this problem. First, sympathetic imagination may afford a deeper and more sensitive type of aesthetic engagement. Second, in taking up the position of the impartial spectator, aesthetic judgements may originate in a type of self-regulated response where we stand outside ourselves to check those overly humanizing tendencies which might lead to a failure in appreciating nature as nature.

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publication outlet

Journal of Scottish Philosophy

author list (cited authors)
Brady, E.
publication date
2011
publisher
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
start page
95
end page
109
issue
1