The Formative Dimension of Environmental Aesthetics in Marxist Theory Context

Liang YAO, Daojin SUN


Environmental aesthetics research mainly focusses on the aesthetic appeal of human existence environment and the social effect of environmental aesthetic feeling. It is a profound re-thinking of artistic philosophy and it has gone far beyond the theoretical dimension of the artistic aesthetics, which excluded natural beauty form esthetics since Friedrich Hegel’ aesthetic theory. The “environmental aesthetics” discussed in this paper refers to natural environment aesthetics and social environment aesthetics according to the Marxist Theory. It is superior to Eco aesthetics because of the wider research fields and multidimensional research paradigms. The booming development of modern science and technology in the Era of industrial civilization are considered as a booming expansion of human essential power, which on the one hand improves our environmental conditions, while on the other hand upsets the delicate equilibrium of the ecosystem and leads to environmental degradation. Basically, the main reason is the relative independence of social ideology, such as hysteretic environmental philosophy and ecological aesthetics ideology. Based on the construction of ecological civilization, the paper try hard to clearly draw the formative dimension of environmental aesthetics from the huge system of the Marxist Theory. This essay consists of four parts. The first part is a brief comparison of environmental aesthetics studies in Chinese and Western. Then it refers to the debates and embryo of Marxist environmental aesthetics. The third part is the basis for theoretical growth of Marxist environmental aesthetics. While the last part is evolvement logic and its ultimate appeal of Marxist environmental aesthetics. With this cardinal line, we hope to provide a new clue or perspective for environmental aesthetics research.


Social ideology; Environmental aesthetics; Marxist theory; Eco-civilization

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