In recent decades, we have witnessed an increase in philosophical reflection on human relationships with nonhuman animals, but no such similar trend has been experienced within the field of aesthetics. Aesthetics of nature mostly focuses on environments and devotes less attention to animals. This paper defends the idea that we urgently need a critical theory of animal aesthetics. The fundamental reason for this is that many cases of animal abuse and also of species extinctions are at least partly related to a superficial and distorted aesthetic appreciation of animals. Given this situation, I propose a conception of deep and serious appreciation, based on the cognitive aesthetics developed by Allen Carlson, Glenn Parsons and Yuriko Saito, that could inspire and foster relationships with nonhuman animals that are far more beneficial to all parties involved.
|Journal||Polylog. Zeitschrift für interkulturelles philosophieren|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|