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Beauty: a lingua franca for environmental law?

Richardson, BJ ORCID: 0000-0002-3249-5648, Barritt, E and Bowman, M 2018 , 'Beauty: a lingua franca for environmental law?' , Transnational Environmental Law, vol. 8, no. 1 , pp. 1-29 , doi: 10.1017/S2047102518000195.

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Abstract

This article investigates whether beauty in nature can provide a global language toinform environmental governance, such as by providing shared values and collaborativeapproaches across and within different cultures. Because art mediates how many peopleexperience environmental aesthetics, such as through photography and music, thisenquiry extends to the arts. As is the case for other aesthetic values, beauty is ultimatelyabout relationships and ways of knowing our environment, and the law can best engagewith such values through interpretive guidance and processes for participatory decisionmaking. Prescriptive codification of beauty ‘standards’ is generally not a realistic goal forlawmakers. The article enriches our understanding of how aesthetics can contribute tohuman beings’ emotional empathy and ethical commitment to environmental stewardship, and identifies some conceptual and methodological difficulties that militate againstbeauty being a lingua franca for environmental law.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson, BJ and Barritt, E and Bowman, M
Keywords: aesthetics, art, beauty, environmental law, language, nature
Journal or Publication Title: Transnational Environmental Law
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2047-1025
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/S2047102518000195
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Copyright 2018 Cambridge University Press

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