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A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful With an Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste, and Several Other Additions, A New Edition

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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful is a 1757 treatise on aesthetics written by Edmund Burke. It attracted the attention of prominent thinkers such as Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant. The preference for the Sublime over the Beautiful was to mark the transition from the Neoclassical to the Romantic era. According to Aristotelian physics and metaphysics, causation can be divided into formal, material, efficient and final causes. The formal cause of beauty is the passion of love; the material cause concerns aspects of certain objects such as smallness, smoothness, delicacy; the efficient cause is the calming of our nerves. Its formal cause is thus the passion of fear; the material cause is equally aspects of certain objects such as vastness, infinity, magnificence; the final cause is God having created and battled Satan.
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ISBN
9781300512301
Published
December 12, 2012
Language
English
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