On Taste on the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the Revolution, A Letter to a Noble Lord

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 450 pages
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Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXIV features four philosophical works by Irish statesman EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797): [ "On Taste," a 1756 consideration of critical reasoning [ "On the Sublime and Beautiful," a 1757 essay on aesthetics that would influence Immanuel Kant [ "Reflections on the French Revolution," a 1790 argument against that budding uprising, which continues to inform anticommunist and antisocialist debates [ "A Letter to a Noble Lord," a 1796 missive that is a classic political tirade
 

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Contents

PREFACE
7
THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL
27
Of Delight and Pleasure as Opposed
33
Of the Effects of Tragedy
43
PART II
51
Proportion Further Considered
87
Fitness not the Cause of Beauty
89
The Real Effects of Fitness
91
How Pain Can be a Cause of Delight
113
Exercise Necessary for the Finer Or gans
114
Why Visual Objects of Great Dimen sions are Sublime
115
Unity Why Requisite to Vastness
116
The Artificial Infinite
117
The Vibrations Must be Similar 11S Sect XIII The Effects of Succession in Visual Objects Explained
118
Lockes Opinion Concerning Darkness Considered
120
Darkness Terrible in its Own Nature
121

The Recapitulation
93
How Far the Idea of Beauty May be Ap plied to the Qualities of the Mind
94
How Far the Idea of Beauty May be Ap plied to Virtue
95
The Real Cause of Beauty
96
Smoothness
97
Gradual Variation
98
Delicacy
99
Beauty in Colour
100
The Physiognomy
101
Ugliness
102
The Beautiful in Feeling
103
The Beautiful in Sounds
104
Taste and Smell
106
PART IV
108
Association
109
Cause of Pain and Fear
110
Continued
111
How the Sublime is Produced
112
Why Darkness is Terrible
122
The Effects of Blackness
123
The Effects of Blackness Moderated
125
Why Smoothness is Beautiful
127
Sweetness Relaxing
129
Sect XXIILVariation Why Beautiful
130
Concerning Smallness
131
Of Colour
134
PART V
136
General Words Before Ideas
138
The Effect of Words
139
Examples that Words May Affect With out Raising Images
140
Poetry not Strictly an Imitative Art
144
How Words Influence the Passions
145
REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
151
A LETTER FROM THE RIGHT HON EDMUND BURKE TO A NOBLE LORD 4
399
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Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797.

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