The Aesthetic Appreciation of Animals in Zoological Parks

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Abstract

Can we appreciate in a serious and deep way the aesthetic qualities of wild species in exemplars held captive for exhibition in the artificial installations of a zoo? To answer this question I invoke theories concerning the aesthetic appreciation of nature propounded by Yuriko Saito and Allen Carlson. I then argue that zoos impose their story on animals, thereby preventing us from appreciating the animals on their own terms. I claim that captivity and its effects on the health, behavior, and appearance of animals make serious and deep appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of wild species impossible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalContemporary aesthetics
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Animal aesthetics
  • Biodiversity
  • Captivity
  • Environmental Aesthetics
  • Wildlife
  • Zoo

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