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Aesthetics and environmental law: valuing Tasmania’s ‘ordinary’ nature


Richardson, BJ, Aesthetics and environmental law: valuing Tasmania's ordinary' nature, Griffith Law Review pp. 1-30. ISSN 1038-3441 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10383441.2018.1477364


This article evaluates how aesthetic appreciation of the environment, such as perception of beautiful scenery, interacts with environmental law. While nature is tangible and real, its aesthetic properties are culturally embedded and continually evolving as societies change. Because art often mediates how people experience environmental aesthetics, such as through film, paintings and music, the arts also have a role in environmental decision-making. The article assesses the opportunities and obstacles to an aesthetics-based environmental law, with primary emphasis on the ‘specialness’ bias in many aesthetic judgements. These themes are explored through a Tasmanian case study. Law reform should facilitate the ‘curating’ of environmental aesthetics in conjunction with greater involvement of the arts community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aesthetics, environmental law, Tasmania
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:126181
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2018-05-28
Last Modified:2018-12-07

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