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The Aesthetic Dimension of the Interrelations between Ecological Science and Ethics: The Other Leopoldian Bridge* Sheila Lintott, Bucknell University and.

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1 The Aesthetic Dimension of the Interrelations between Ecological Science and Ethics: The Other Leopoldian Bridge* Sheila Lintott, Bucknell University and Allen Carlson, University of Alberta * This presentation is based on a plenary address that Lintott and Carlson will give at the 2011 Cary Conference on Ecology, Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics.

2 A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River [1949/1953] (New York: Oxford University Press, 1966), p Beauty? From the perspective of ecological science, beauty, it is often contended, is subjective and relatively trivial, whereas integrity and stability are objective and relatively important.

3 How might the aesthetic dimension serve as a link between ecological science and ethics? What is the nature of beauty, this other Leopoldian bridge, and how can it lead us from ecology to our obligations to preserve? How might the aesthetic dimension serve as a link between ecological science and ethics? What is the nature of beauty, this other Leopoldian bridge, and how can it lead us from ecology to our obligations to preserve? Considering the role of beauty in an ecological context

4 Aesthetic Appreciation and Preservation Leonardo da Vinci Portrait of Mona Lisa A new conservation acquisition on the Washington coast

5 Nature of Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature formalistic/ picturesque formalistic/ picturesque scientific/cognitivist relativistic/ postmodern

6 Jackson Pollock, Number Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ 1602

7 Imagine Two Stands of Trees


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