Passing Strange and Wonderful
Aesthetics, Nature, and Culture
ISBN10: 1559632097 ISBN13: 9781559632096 Publisher: Shearwater Books Published: Apr 1 1993 Pages: 288 Weight: 1.20lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
In this rich and rewarding work, Yi-Fu Tuan vividly demonstrates that feeling and beauty are essential components of life and society. The aesthetic is not merely one aspect of culture but its central core -- both its driving force and its ultimate goal.Beginning with the individual and his physical world, Tuan's exploration progresses from the simple to the complex. His initial evaluation of the building blocks of aesthetic experience (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch) develops gradually into a wide-ranging examination of the most elaborate of human constructs, including art, architecture, literature, philosophy, music, and more.