A Philosophical Enquiry Into The Origins Of The Sublime And Beauitful: And Other Pre-revolutionary…

Paperback | July 1, 1999

byEdmund BurkeForeword byDavid Womersley

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Edmund Burke was one of the foremost philosophers of the eighteenth century and wrote widely on aesthetics, politics and society. In this landmark work, he propounds his theory that the sublime and the beautiful should be regarded as distinct and wholly separate states - the first, an experience inspired by fear and awe, the second an expression of pleasure and serenity. Eloquent and profound, A Philosophical Enquiry is an involving account of our sensory, imaginative and judgmental processes and their relation to artistic appreciation. Burke's work was hugely influential on his contemporaries and also admired by later writers such as Matthew Arnold and William Wordsworth. This volume also contains several of his early political works on subjects including natural society, government and the American colonies, which illustrate his liberal, humane views.

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Examine the writings of one of the most influential early political authors. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful is the pre-Revolutionary writing of Edmund Burke. Readers will get an account of our sensory, imaginative and judgmental process and its relationship to artistic pleasure. This edition also includes Burke’...

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Edmund Burke was one of the foremost philosophers of the eighteenth century and wrote widely on aesthetics, politics and society. In this landmark work, he propounds his theory that the sublime and the beautiful should be regarded as distinct and wholly separate states - the first, an experience inspired by fear and awe, the second an ...

Edmund Burke (1729-97) was elected as an MP in 1781. He championed the unpopular cause of Catholic emancipation and a great part of his career became dedicated to the problem of India. The French Revolution prompted one of his best-known works Reflections on the Revolution in France. David Womersley is editor of Augustan Critical Writ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
A Chronology of Edmund Burke
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
A Vindication of Natural Society (1756; second edition, 1757)
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757; second edition, 1759)
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770; third edition, 1770)
Speech on American Taxation (1774; third edition, 1775)
Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies(1775; third edition, 1775)
Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs of America (1777; third edition, 1777)
Notes
Biographica

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Examine the writings of one of the most influential early political authors. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful is the pre-Revolutionary writing of Edmund Burke. Readers will get an account of our sensory, imaginative and judgmental process and its relationship to artistic pleasure. This edition also includes Burke’s early political works.