Monday, 3 December 2019, Adam Andrzejewski (University of Warsaw), “A Plea for The New Ontology of Landscapes”

The talk will be live-streamed and will remain available on YouTube:

Remote participants can watch the live webcast and ask questions using the YouTube Live chat channel.


The paper aims at an analysis of the concept of landscape, offering an ontological approach. My claim is that such a perspective is hardly ever assumed in philosophical aesthetics, even if theories of landscape appreciation are in fact based on tacit ontological assumptions. I argue that having an explicit ontology of landscapes is important, for aesthetic theories of their appreciation are often attacked in terms of the problems caused by their tacit ontologies. Therefore, I sketch an “Experience Ontology” that serves as an alternative to the ontologies implied in the two best known aesthetic approaches to landscapes. I contend that a landscape should not be conceived of as an object or view but as a kind of experiencing of one’s surroundings, and I believe that our theory is not only free from the shortcomings of the two dominant theories but that it also corresponds better to everyday intuitions.

The talk is based on research co-authored with Mateusz Salwa (University of Warsaw).

Venue: Sala Stefanini, Piazza Capitaniato, 3 – Padova, 16.30-18.30

Adam  Andrzejewski  is  Assistant  Professor  at  the  University  of  Warsaw.  His  research  is  focused  on  everyday  aesthetics,  popular  culture,  and  the  ontology  of  art.  He  has  authored  several  articles  devoted  to  analytic  aesthetics  and  the  philosophy of art, published or accepted for publication in e.g. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetic, Rivista di estetica, Brill Research Perspectives on Art and Law, and The Croatian Journal of Philosophy. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Evental Aesthetics as well as the Treasurer of the European Society for Aesthetics.



The Aesthetics Lecture Series is part of the Analytic Philosophy and Philosophy of Art Graduate Seminar organized by Prof. Massimiliano Carrara, Prof. Giuseppe Spolaore, Prof. Gabriele Tomasi, Dr. Elisa Caldarola, and Dr. Vittorio Morato for the academic year 2018-2019 at the FISPPA Department (Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy, and Applied Psychology) of the University of Padova, Italy.

The Aesthetics Lecture Series is funded by the University of Padova through the initiative “Supporting TAlent in ReSearch@University of Padova” – STARS Grants (Starting Grant 2018-2020, APAI – “A Philosophy of Art Installation”, P.I. Dr. Elisa Caldarola, research budget: € 60.000).


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