The Great Wave off Kanagawa
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Questions for Philisophical Discussion
- What features strike you in this woodblock print?
- How is nature depicted in this seascape?
- Try to find the human figures in this image. How does this woodcut present the relationship between human beings and nature?
- Different works of art present different views of nature. Do you think that nature has a particular essence, such as threatening or peaceful? Why or why not? Does nature have a particular relationship to human beings? If so, what is it and why do you think so?
- Compare this image to A Landscape with a Ruined Castle and a Church. Do you think Westerners have a different view of nature than non-Westerners? Why or why not?
- In this landscape, and many of the other landscapes on this site, “nature” always shows some sign of human presence. Is there a correct way for human beings to interact with nature? What might it be and why do you think so?
Landscape Overview and Resources
Landscapes are works of art that focus on scenes from nature. The landscapes featured in this unit encourage discussion about how the natural world is depicted and our relationship to the natural world.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on environmental ethics
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