Edited by Endre Szécsényi, 'Aesthetics, Nature and Religion: Ronald W. Hepburn and His Legacy' draws on a 2018 symposium held in the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of Ronald W. Hepburn.
Endre Szécsényi (ed.), Aesthetics, Nature and Religion: Ronald W. Hepburn and His Legacy, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press (2020), 341pp
Ronald Hepburn's philosophical interests ranged from theology and the philosophy of religion through moral philosophy and the philosophy of education to art theory and aesthetics. ‘Taken over his career – as Stephen Watt writes – Hepburn’s work represents an impressive exploration of what remains after the abandonment of a theistic worldview. His work has been seminal in the development of environmental philosophy and in extending the understanding of aesthetics beyond the experience of the art object.’ Indeed, he has widely been considered ‘the founder of the discipline’ of the environmental and everyday aesthetics, based on his papers of the 1960s in which he pioneered these aesthetic approaches.
The speakers at this symposium – Arnar Árnason, Guy Bennett-Hunter, Pauline von Bonsdorff, Isis Brook, David E. Cooper, Cairns Craig, Douglas Hedley, James MacAllister, Michael McGhee, Fran Speed and Endre Szécsényi – discussed Hepburn’s oeuvre from several perspectives. The revised versions of their papers has been supplemented by the contributions of other scholars who were unable to attend the symposium and includes an essay by Mary Warnock. This book contains these papers, originally published in a double special issue of the Journal of Scottish Thought, vols. 10–11 (2018–2019).
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Full list of essays:
Ronald W. Hepburn’s Agnosticism
† Mary Warnock
Is the Sacred Older than the Gods?
Religious Experience, Imagination and Interpretation: A Case Study
The Voice of Cordelian Ethics: Imagination and the Loss of Religion
Aesthetic and Moral
Aesthetic Experience, Metaphysics and Subjectivity: Ronald W. Hepburn and ‘Nature-Mysticism’
David E. Cooper
‘Vitality with Repose’: Reflections on the Romantic-Neo-Platonic Legacy in Hepburn’s Aesthetics
‘Pleasing Wonder and profound Awe’: On the Sublime
Nature, Aesthetics and Humility
Nature, Identity and Meaning: The Humanising of Nature and the Naturising of the Human Subject
Constructing the Aesthetics of Nature
Aesthetic Experience as an Educational Journey
Ronald W. Hepburn on Wonder and the Education of Emotions and Subjectivity
Wonder and the Everyday: Hepburnian Considerations and Beyond
Nature’s Beauty: Legitimacy, Imagination and Transcendence in Hepburn and the New Nature Writing
Alexander J. B. Hampton
Metaphysical Imagination in the Flesh: Hepburn with de Bruyckere
Pauline von Bonsdorff
Landscapes of Trauma: a Reflection on Wonder
Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson & Arnar Árnason
Ronald W. Hepburn’s Works: A Bibliography
Endre Szécsényi (comp.)