A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund BurkeA Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful

byEdmund Burke

Paperback | January 14, 2015

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'Pain and pleasure are simple ideas, incapable of definition.'In 1757 the 27-year-old Edmund Burke argued that our aesthetic responses are experienced as pure emotional arousal, unencumbered by intellectual considerations. In so doing he overturned the Platonic tradition in aesthetics that had prevailed from antiquity until the eighteenth century, and replacedmetaphysics with psychology and even physiology as the basis for the subject. Burke's theory of beauty encompasses the female form, nature, art, and poetry, and he analyses our delight in sublime effects that thrill and excite us. His revolution in method continues to have repercussions in theaesthetic theories of today, and his revolution in sensibility has paved the way for literary and artistic movements from the Gothic novel through Romanticism, twentieth-century painting, and beyond. In this new edition Paul Guyer conducts the reader through Burke's Enquiry, focusing on its place in the history of aesthetics and highlighting its innovations, as well as its influence on many subsequent authors from Kant and Schiller to Ruskin and Nietzsche. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Paul Guyer is a Research Prize Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of nine books on Immanuel Kant. He has edited and translated four works by Kant, and his recent publication is A History of Modern Aesthetics in t...
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Title:A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and BeautifulFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:January 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideas of the sublime and beautiful Burke's thoughts on the sublime and beautiful were really interesting to read, and some of them were quite funny. I especially liked Part 3 where he talked about vegetables a bit, from a modern point of view, it's hilarious. I can see how his ideas and opinions influenced the Romantics so much. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Classic of aesthetic theory - not all that tough to read either.
Date published: 2017-02-05