By Edmund Burke
An eloquent and occasionally even erotic ebook, the Philosophical Enquiry used to be lengthy brushed off as a bit of mere juvenilia. despite the fact that, Burke's research of the connection among emotion, attractiveness, and artwork shape is now well-known as not just a huge and influential paintings of aesthetic concept, but in addition one of many first significant works in ecu literature at the chic, a topic that has involved thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of this present day. "I'm gratified you are. retaining Burke's textual content at the chic on hand in a cheap version. thank you back for conserving it e. learn more... Acknowledgements; advent; notice at the textual content; pick out Bibliography; A Chronology of Edmund Burke; BURKE'S Enquiry; THE PREFACE TO the 1st variation; THE PREFACE TO the second one version; advent. On style; THE CONTENTS; Explanatory Notes
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2. c. 20. ] thinks that the removal or lessening of a pain is considered and operates as a pleasure, and the loss or diminishing of pleasure as a pain. It is this opinion which we consider here. 31 THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL sitions will, I believe, be much more readily allowed than the latter; because it is very evident that pleasure, when it has run its career, sets us down very nearly where it found us. Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies ; and when it is over, we relapse into indifference, or rather we fall into a soft tranquillity, which is tinged with the agreeable colour of the former sensation.
Why things not dangerous sometimes produce a passion like Terror 124 SECTION IX. Why visual objects of great dimensions are Sublime 124 SECTION X. Unity why requisite to Vastness 125 9 CONTENTS SECTION XI. The artificial Infinite SECTION XII. The vibrations must be similar SECTION XIII. The effects of Succession in visual objects explained SECTION XIV. Locke's opinion concerning darkness, considered SECTION XV. Darkness terrible in its own nature SECTION XVI. Why Darkness is terrible SECTION XVII.
For if, previous to the pain, I do not feel any actual pleasure, I have no reason to judge that any such thing exists; since pleasure is only pleasure as it is felt. The same may be said of pain, and with equal reason. I can never persuade myself that pleasure and pain are mere relations, which can only exist as they are contrasted: but I think I can discern clearly that there are positive pains and pleasures, which do not at all depend upon each other. Nothing is more certain to my own feelings than this.
A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful by Edmund Burke