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Environmental AestheticsCrossing Divides and Breaking Ground$
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Martin Drenthen and Jozef Keulartz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254491

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254491.001.0001

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Beauty or Bane

Beauty or Bane

Advancing an Aesthetic Appreciation of Wind Turbine Farms

(p.157) Chapter 10 Beauty or Bane
Environmental Aesthetics

Tyson-Lord Gray

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Tyson-Lord Gray discusses the landscape effects of windfarms. Gray begins his chapter by looking at declining wind turbine sales during the years 2007-2010. In an attempt to locate a reason for this decline, he evaluates two claims: (1) that windfarms reduce property value and (2) that windfarms ruin the beauty of nature. For the first claim, he looks at three studies conducted on residential property sales located near wind farms. For the second claim, he engages in a comparison of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment which defends purely emotional aesthetic evaluations and John Dewey’s Art as Experience which provides an understanding that views beauty as an integration of both emotional and cognitive judgments. According to Gray, Dewey’s aesthetic can help to push the conversation beyond the purely emotional response of many windfarm opponents.

Keywords:   Windfarms, Property Value, Aesthetic Appreciation, Immanuel Kant, John Dewey

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