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Functional Beauty

Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson


This book studies the relationship between function and aesthetic value, breaking with the philosophical tradition of seeing the two as separate. It begins by developing and defending, in a general way, the concept of Functional Beauty, exploring how the role of function in aesthetic appreciation has been treated by some notable thinkers in the history of aesthetics. It then considers the relationship to Functional Beauty of certain views in current aesthetic thought, especially what is called ‘cognitively rich’ approaches to the aesthetic appreciation of both art and nature. Turning to work o ... More

Keywords: function, aesthetic value, art, nature, cars, clothing, furniture, sports, built environment, everyday artefacts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Parsons, author
Ryerson University, Canada
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Allen Carlson, author
University of Alberta
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