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

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OUP Oxford, Jun 4, 1998 - Philosophy - 173 pages
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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 Beautiful

User Review  - Maria Gambale - Goodreads

It's dated in many ways, but an interesting effort nonetheless. The section on the sublime holds up; the section on beauty does not, and gets pretty tenuous. I almost gave up on it near the end, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

a must for every art student Read full review

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Edited by Adam Phillips, Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London

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