A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the by Edmund Burke

By Edmund Burke

An eloquent and infrequently even erotic booklet, the Philosophical Enquiry was once lengthy pushed aside as a section of mere juvenilia. notwithstanding, Burke's research of the connection among emotion, good looks, and artwork shape is now well-known as not just a massive and influential paintings of aesthetic thought, but additionally one of many first significant works in ecu literature at the chic, a topic that has interested thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of this present day. "I'm gratified you are. protecting Burke's textual content at the elegant to be had in a cheap variation. thank you back for retaining it e. learn more... Acknowledgements; creation; be aware at the textual content; choose Bibliography; A Chronology of Edmund Burke; BURKE'S Enquiry; THE PREFACE TO the 1st variation; THE PREFACE TO the second one version; advent. On flavor; THE CONTENTS; Explanatory Notes

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We have on such occasions found, if I am not much mistaken, the temper of our minds in a tenor very remote from that which attends the presence of positive pleasure; we have found them in a state of much sobriety, impressed with a sense of awe, in a sort of tranquillity shadowed with horror. The fashion of the countenance and the gesture of the body on such occasions is so correspondent to this state of mind, that any person, a stranger to the cause of the appearance, would rather judge us under some consternation, than in the enjoyment of any thing like positive pleasure.

The fashion of the countenance and the gesture of the body on such occasions is so correspondent to this state of mind, that any person, a stranger to the cause of the appearance, would rather judge us under some consternation, than in the enjoyment of any thing like positive pleasure. Iliad. * As when a wretch, who conscious of his crime, Pursued for murder from his native clime, Just gains some frontier, breathless, pale, amaz'd; All gay, all wonder! * This striking appearance of the man whom Homer supposes to have just escaped an imminent danger, the sort of mixt passion of terror and surprize, with which he affects the spectators, paints very strongly the manner in which we find ourselves affected upon occasions any way similar.

If this could be done, it was imagined that the rules deducible from such an enquiry might be applied to the imitative arts, and to whatever else they concerned, without much difficulty. I THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL It is four years now since this enquiry was finished; * during which time the author found no cause to make any material alteration in his theory. He has shewn it to some of his friends, men of learning and candour, who do not think it wholly unreasonable; and he now ventures to lay it before the public, proposing his notions as probable conjectures, not as things certain and indisputable; and if he has any where expressed himself more positively, it was owing to inattention.

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