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Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205240.001.0001

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Functional Beauty in Contemporary Aesthetic Theory

Functional Beauty in Contemporary Aesthetic Theory

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Functional Beauty

Glenn Parsons (Contributor Webpage)

Allen Carlson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of Functional Beauty in contemporary aesthetic theory. It is argued that resultant changes in aesthetic theory have not reinvigorated discussions of Functional Beauty. Rather, Functional Beauty seems to have been further marginalized. This is attributed to two factors. The first is a continued focus, in aesthetic theory, upon two apparently afunctional realms: the world of art, and, more recently, nature, especially the wilderness. The second factor contributing to the neglect of Functional Beauty is a set of conceptual problems that has surfaced in attempts to apply notions akin to Functional Beauty in architecture.

Keywords:   disinterestedness, art, nature, afunctionality, functionalism, architecture

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