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

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OUP Oxford, Jun 4, 1998 - Philosophy - 208 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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Not something I'd read for fun, but I think I'm smarter for having finished it. It is a solid philosophical inquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful, as you may have been able ... Read full review

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

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