Vol. 11 No. 1 (2018): Mind, Nature and Beauty in the Medieval Philosophy

Habitual Behaviour and Ecology: Why Aesthetics Matters (Preliminary Notes)

Mariagrazia Portera
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK
Published May 25, 2018
  • Environmental humanities,
  • environmental aesthetics,
  • habits,
  • practical knowledge
How to Cite
Portera, M. (2018). Habitual Behaviour and Ecology: Why Aesthetics Matters (Preliminary Notes). Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 11(1), 159-171. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-23280


This paper is mainly intended to provide some insights into the relationship between the aesthetic dimension, human practical/habitual knowledge and the environment (broadly understood); more specifically, I shall shed some light on that variety of problems, issues and questions that arise when we examine role and functioning of our human aesthetic attitude – considered as an anthropological constant result of both biological evolution and cultural evolution and which involves, in its exercise, an intimate relationship between the organism and its environment – within the context of today’s environmental crisis.


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