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A Percepção Estética da Natureza: Encontro, Presença e Liberdade

A Percepção Estética da Natureza: Encontro, Presença e Liberdade

Maria José Varandas, ‘A Percepção Estética da Natureza: Encontro, Presença e Liberdade’, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 73, no. 1 (2017): 405–16, DOI .17990/rpf/2017_73_1_0405

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A Percepção Estética da Natureza: Encontro, Presença e Liberdade

Type Journal Article
Author Maria José Varandas
Rights © 2017 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2017 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 73
Issue 1
Pages 405-416
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283; 2183-461X
Date 2017
DOI 10.17990/rpf/2017_73_1_0405
Language Portuguese
Abstract This paper focuses on Martin Seel´s significance of nature as Presence and condition of Freedom. According to the author the human encounter with the world, in its appearing, momentariness and indeterminacy, is an aesthetic encounter. Seel understands the aesthetic perception as a form of being in the world that opens to the representation of life possibilities which, ultimately, leads to ethics. Admitting the contiguity between aesthetics and ethics in the appreciation of natural beauty – exemplary locus of the Man/World encounter –, by the role of aesthetic perception in the individual human’s life as a possibility of a good life, the author asserts that to protect and respect the natural word is a way of protecting and respecting humanity.
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Modified 21/04/2017, 14:54:18


  • aesthetic perception
  • appearing
  • encounter
  • ethics
  • natural world


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