Smell and anosmia in the aesthetic appreciation of gardens
Tafalla, Marta (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Date: 2014
Abstract: In his 'Critique of the Power of Judgment', Kant defined the garden as a visual art and considered that smell plays no role in its aesthetic appreciation. If the Kantian thesis were right, then a person who has no sense of smell (who suffers from anosmia) would not be impaired in his or her aesthetic appreciation of gardens. At the same time, a visually impaired person could not appreciate the beauty of gardens, although he or she could perceive them through hearing, smell, taste, and touch. In this paper I discuss the role of smell and anosmia in the aesthetic appreciation of gardens. I accept the Kantian idea that the appreciation of a garden is the appreciation of its form, but I also defend that, at least in some cases, smell can belong to the form of gardens and, consequently, the ability or inability to smell influences their aesthetic appreciation.
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Language: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió publicada
Subject: Aesthetic appreciation ; Anosmia ; Beauty ; David E. Cooper ; Form ; Garden ; Home ; Kant ; Meaning ; Mara Miller ; Smell ; Transience
Published in: Contemporary aesthetics, Vol. 12 (2014) , ISSN 1932-8478

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