Experiencing the Environment

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Transcendental Experience

  • David LowenthalAffiliated withUniversity College London
  • , Hugh C. PrinceAffiliated withUniversity College London

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To understand environmental experience it is not enough to use scientific methods. Feelings and insights that transcend those of everyday life constantly infuse and enrich our awareness of the world around us. The roles of passion and mood are perhaps best explored through imaginative literature and the arts, which enlarge experience and epitomize styles of environmental organization, preference, and symbolism. This approach is also essential in delineating national environmental attitudes and behavior. Illustrative examples suggest that relations between and beliefs about man and nature can be most cogently synthesized in categories that are unique to each country or culture.