A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
An eloquent and sometimes even erotic book, the Philosophical Enquiry was long dismissed as a piece of mere juvenilia. However, Burke's analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty, and art form is now recognized as not only an important and influential work of aesthetic theory, but also one of the first major works in European literature on the Sublime, a subject that has fascinated thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of today. This is the only available edition of the work.
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Review: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and BeautifulUser Review - Andrew - Goodreads
Fun book. Author makes distinctions between the sublime (or the great) and beauty. The level of detail is fascinating, and at some points quite humorous. Jagged, repetitious, infinite-like, dark, and ... Read full review
Review: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and BeautifulUser Review - §-- - Goodreads
Thought-provoking, but still something of a slog to get through. Burke subjectivizes aesthetics but avoids relativizing it, and, in so doing, essentially founds Romanticism. In this he is ... Read full review