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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Edmund Burke , Adam Phillips
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Book Description

An eloquent and sometimes even erotic book, the Philosophical Enquiry was long dismissed as a piece of mere juvenilia. However, Burke's analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty, and art form is now recognized as not only an important and influential work of aesthetic theory, but also one of the first major works in European literature on the Sublime, a subject that has fascinated thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of today. This is the only
available edition of the work.

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"I'm gratified you're keeping Burke's text on the Sublime available in an inexpensive edition. Thanks again for keeping it easily accessible. It is a major document not only for the post-modern and avant-garde discussion of the sublime, but also for gender theory."--Leonard L. Duroche, University of Minnesota

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Edited by Adam Phillips, Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1362 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Jun. 1990)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PUWS46
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's on the kindle too?! 19 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm using this book as a key text in my dissertation so finding out theres a kindle version too is great! It means I can do quick word searches to find specific quotes that I need as I don't always remember to take the physical book on my travels!
Great book too! Hard to read the first time (as it was written in the 18th century), but once you've read it once or twice you get used to the way it's written.

Plus at under £4 it's a no brainer to have a second copy on my laptop/kindle.
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By Miriam
Easier than any online reading, page turning back and forth necessary to fully take on the arguments. Essential to appreciate aesthetic approaches throughout the eighteenth-century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea 15 Aug. 2009
This book puts forward the interesting proposition that it is obscurity and suggestiveness, rather than clarity, which captures the imagination. This argument could be applied to philosophy as well as beauty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Burke 2 Jan. 2013
By sarbern
Interesting writings on beauty and the sublime. Although I do find Burke's writing to be a bit heavy for me personally but it's not unreadable.
It was very useful for my essay though! Full of great stuff, when you get past the dense language!
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