By Edmund Burke
In 1757 the 27-year-old Edmund Burke argued that our aesthetic responses are skilled as natural emotional arousal, unencumbered through highbrow issues. In so doing he overturned the Platonic culture in aesthetics that had prevailed from antiquity till the eighteenth century, and changed metaphysics with psychology or even body structure because the foundation for the topic. Burke's thought of attractiveness encompasses the feminine shape, nature, artwork, and poetry, and he analyses our savor chic results that thrill and excite us. His revolution in process maintains to have repercussions within the aesthetic theories of at the present time, and his revolution in sensibility has prepared the ground for literary and creative pursuits from the Gothic novel via Romanticism, twentieth-century portray, and past.
Readership: scholars of philosophy, aesthetics, paintings background, English literature, the Romantics, comparative literature, and normal readers attracted to the historical past of responses to good looks and the information of Edmund Burke.
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26 A PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY INTO THE ORIGIN OF OUR IDEAS OF THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL Part One This page intentionally left blank SECTION I NOVELTY HE first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is Curiosity. By curiosity, I mean whatever desire we have for, or whatever pleasure we take in novelty. We see children perpetually running from place to place to hunt out something new; they catch with great eagerness, and with very little choice, at whatever comes before them; their attention is engaged by every thing, because everything has, in that stage of life, the charm of novelty to recommend it.
The real cause of Beauty SECTION XIII. Beautiful objects small SECTION XIV. Smoothness SECTION XV. Gradual Variation SECTION XVI. Delicacy SECTION XVII. Beauty in Colour SECTION XVIII. Recapitulation SECTION XIX. The Physiognomy SECTION XX. The Eye SECTION XXI. Ugliness SECTION XXII. Grace SECTION XXIII. Elegance and Speciousness SECTION XXIV. The Beautiful in Feeling SECTION XXV. The Beautiful in Sounds SECTION XXVI. Taste and Smell SECTION XXVII. The Sublime and Beautiful compared 99 too i oo 101 102 102 103 104 105 106 107 107 108 108 109 109 11 o 111 113 113 PART IV SECTION I.
Fermented spirits please our common people, because they banish care, and all consideration of future or present evils. All of these would lie absolutely neglected if their properties had originally gone no further than the Taste; but all these, together with tea and 15 THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL coffee, and some other things, have past from the apothecary's shop to our tables, and were taken for health long before they were thought of for pleasure. The effect of the drug has made us use it frequently; and frequent use, combined with the agreeable effect, has made the Taste itself at last agreeable.
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful (Oxford World's Classics) by Edmund Burke