Resolving Our Judgments: Understanding How Ruins Acquire and Exhibit Aesthetic Value

  • Tanya Whitehouse


This chapter briefly reflects on the implications of the case studies of Chaps.  3 and  4 and then proposes solutions to the conflicting viewpoints regarding contemporary ruins. It also outlines the work’s central philosophical argument. I explain how ruined environments acquire new aesthetic value in the wake of their ruination. If ruined environments eventually acquire significant aesthetic value, this vindicates our attention to them, as well as the photography and other aesthetic works we create that have been inspired by them. I also maintain that many of our most famous ruins, such as the Roman Colosseum, acquired their present value through a similar process.


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  • Tanya Whitehouse
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  1. 1.AustinUSA

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