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A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke


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Burke’s expansive theory of beauty traverses diverse realms, encompassing the allure of the female form, the majesty of nature, the creations of art, and the enchantment of poetry.

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Burke boldly challenged the prevailing aesthetic doctrines of his time. Casting aside the shackles of intellectual abstraction, Burke proposed a radical notion: our aesthetic responses, he argued, stem from pure emotional arousal, untethered from the constraints of intellectual analysis.

With this audacious assertion, Burke ushered in a seismic shift in aesthetic discourse, dismantling the entrenched Platonic tradition that had reigned supreme since antiquity. In its place, he erected a new edifice, one built upon the foundation of psychology and even physiology, fundamentally altering the landscape of aesthetic inquiry.

Burke’s expansive theory of beauty traverses diverse realms, encompassing the allure of the female form, the majesty of nature, the creations of art, and the enchantment of poetry. Delving into the intricacies of sublime effects that elicit awe and exhilaration, he illuminates the profound connection between human sensibility and aesthetic experience.

The reverberations of Burke’s methodological revolution reverberate through the corridors of aesthetic thought to this day. His paradigm shift in sensibility not only paved the way for literary and artistic movements such as the Gothic novel and Romanticism but also continues to influence the contours of twentieth-century painting and beyond. In Burke’s daring exploration of the nexus between emotion and aesthetics, we find the seeds of a transformative journey that transcends the boundaries of time and tradition.

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Weight0.4 kg
Title

A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Publisher

The Scolar Press Limited

Author

Edmund Burke

Book binding

paperback

Release date

1970

Condition

used