Environmental Philosophy

Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2004

Bruce Foltz
Pages 47-57

Shook Foil and Trodden Sod
Nature, Beauty and the Holy

The beauty of nature has been neglected both in the history of aesthetics as well in environmental philosophy. Considering four philosophers of the last two centuries (Nietzsche and Heidegger in Germany, and Soloviev and Florensky in Russia) this paper outlines an understanding of the beauty of nature that is ontological rather than subjectivistic, and that terminates in a view of nature’s beauty as rooted in the phenomenon of the holy. This understanding, in turn, allows us to include certain important, but neglected issues within environmental philosophy, in addition to providing a unifying principle for environmental philosophy as a whole.