A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of the Sublime andBeauitful: And Other Pre-Revolutionary Writings

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A classic of modern aesthetics, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful remains both influential and engaging. From the awesome thrill of the sublime to the delightful perfection of the beautiful, Edmund Burke (1729-97) gives an involving account of our sensory, imaginative and judgemental process and its relation to artistic pleasure. This edition also includes several of Burke's early political works which illustrate that, despite his later opposition to the Revolution ...
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Overview

A classic of modern aesthetics, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful remains both influential and engaging. From the awesome thrill of the sublime to the delightful perfection of the beautiful, Edmund Burke (1729-97) gives an involving account of our sensory, imaginative and judgemental process and its relation to artistic pleasure. This edition also includes several of Burke's early political works which illustrate that, despite his later opposition to the Revolution in France, he took a liberal and humane view of society and government. This authoritative edition has securely established texts, and, in his illuminating Introduction, David Womersley clearly reveals the cross-pollination of Burke's aesthetic and political thinking: the power exercised by art and the art of exercising power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140436259
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 653,924
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. A lifelong member of Parliament, Burke was the author of A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful, A Vindication of Natural Society, and Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
A Chronology of Edmund Burke
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
A Vindication of Natural Society (1756; second edition, 1757)
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757; second edition, 1759)
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770; third edition, 1770)
Speech on American Taxation (1774; third edition, 1775)
Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies(1775; third edition, 1775)
Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs of America (1777; third edition, 1777)
Notes
Biographica

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