Beauty in the Darkness: Aesthetic Education in the Ecological Crisis
Ramsey Affifi (University of Edinburgh)
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Engaging beauty can orient mind, heart and action in this era of ecological destruction by inviting participation in actions towards vulnerable things and the beauty they invoke. I reflect on experiences and engagements with art to help understand the possibilities and power in the beauty of vulnerable things and of actions towards them. I suggest it is better suited to engage the ecological crisis than appealing to emotions such as hope or relying on prevalent ethical approaches. I end the paper by considering the transformative role aesthetics could play in reimagining school curricula and pedagogy aimed at sustainability.
Ramsey Affifi is Lecturer in Science (Biology) Education and Environmental Philosophy at University of Edinburgh.
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