The framing paradox


The paradox alluded to in this extract concerns (i) the appreciation that our framing devices actually create aesthetic experience, in much the same way as a simple picture frame, in counterpart to (ii) the intuitive appreciation of nature's aesthetic, holistic value (beauty) as being essentially unframed. Ronald Moore's suggestion that we regard frames as references of focus rather than confinement prompts questions regarding how we frame what matters in environmental responsibility. In his conclusion, Moore makes reference to the influential American educational reformer and philosophical pragmatist John Dewey (1859-1952), an influence evident particularly in the development of environmental pragmatism (Reading 13).

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