Everyday Aesthetics

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-15
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Everyday aesthetic experiences and concerns occupy a large part of our aesthetic life. However, because of their prevalence and mundane nature, we tend not to pay much attention to them, let alone examine their significance. Western aesthetic theories of the past few centuries also neglect everyday aesthetics because of their almost exclusive emphasis on art. In a ground-breaking new study, Yuriko Saito provides a detailed investigation into our everyday aesthetic experiences, and reveals how our everyday aesthetic tastes and judgments can exert a powerful influence on the state of the world and our quality of life. By analyzing a wide range of examples from our aesthetic interactions with nature, the environment, everyday objects, and Japanese culture, Saito illustrates the complex nature of seemingly simple and innocuous aesthetic responses. She discusses the inadequacy of art-centered aesthetics, the aesthetic appreciation of the distinctive characters of objects or phenomena, responses to various manifestations of transience, and the aesthetic expression of moral values; and she examines the moral, political, existential, and environmental implications of these and other issues.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Neglect of Everyday Aestheticsp. 9
Art-centered aestheticsp. 13
Art as the model for aesthetic objectp. 13
Characteristics of paradigmatic artp. 18
Expanded scope of art-centered aestheticsp. 28
Special experience-based aestheticsp. 43
Aesthetic attitude and aesthetic experiencep. 43
Limitation of special experience-based aestheticsp. 45
Everyday life ordinarily experiencedp. 48
Significance of Everyday Aestheticsp. 54
The environmental significance of everyday aestheticsp. 58
Natural creaturesp. 58
Landscapep. 61
Built environment and consumer goodsp. 65
Green aestheticsp. 69
The power of the aestheticp. 69
Landscape aesthetic in the United Statesp. 72
Green aesthetics-naturep. 77
Green aesthetics-artifactsp. 84
Limits of green aesthetics?p. 96
Aesthetics of Distinctive Characteristics and Ambiencep. 104
Aesthetics of distinctive characteristicsp. 105
Eighteenth-century European aestheticsp. 105
Aesthetics of the rare and the uncommonp. 108
Examples from the Japanese aesthetic traditionp. 111
"Truth to materials"p. 117
Aesthetics of ambiencep. 119
Creation of ambiencep. 119
Japanese aesthetic appreciation of ambiencep. 124
Ramifications of the aesthetics of distinctive characteristics and ambiencep. 129
Expansion of aesthetic horizonp. 129
Humility among designers and artistsp. 133
Limitations on the aesthetics of ambiencep. 138
Everyday Aesthetic Qualities and Transiencep. 149
"Clean," "dirty," "neat," "messy," "organized," "disorganized"p. 152
Neglect of everyday aesthetic qualitiesp. 152
Construction of everyday aesthetic qualitiesp. 154
Relevance of functionalityp. 159
Reflection of personal character and moral valuesp. 160
Positive value of disorderp. 164
Appearance of agingp. 173
Sensuous qualities of aged surfacep. 173
Associationist accounts of the aged appearancep. 179
Aestheticization of transiencep. 184
Limitations on aestheticizing transiencep. 190
Moral-Aesthetic Judgments of Artifactsp. 205
Moral-aesthetic judgmentsp. 207
Examples from contemporary aesthetic and design discoursesp. 213
Propriety of personal appearancep. 213
Environmental eyesorep. 214
Designing for special needsp. 219
Design responsive to bodily experiencep. 221
Design sensitivity to the temporal dimension of experiencep. 226
Japanese spatial designp. 227
Japanese food servingp. 229
Japanese package designp. 232
Aesthetic expression of moral virtuesp. 234
The significance of moral-aesthetic judgments in everyday lifep. 238
p. 243
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 269
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