The aesthetic experience of nature and hermeneutic phenomenology

Valeria Iared, Haydee Torres de Oliveira, Phillip Garth Payne

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    One aim of environmental education is to encourage different ways of
    generating meanings of, valuing, conceiving, and contextualizing “nature.” The
    field of aesthetics provides an affective basis for interpreting our perceptions
    of environments and relations with other more-than-human beings. This
    critical essay examines some of the key concepts about hermeneutics and
    phenomenology introduced by philosophers such as Kant, Dufrenne,
    Bachelard, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, and Quintas and then indicates some
    methodological implications. Our Freirean purpose is to advance how
    understandings of the nature of the aesthetic experience of nature might
    inform different research framings, critical curriculum inquiry, and ecopedagogical
    explorations of being in, becoming and relating with nature.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191 - 201
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Environmental Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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