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07-01-2005, 09:05 PM
Here is an excellent read by Edmund Burke (1729-1797):

Part I.

Novelty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/101.html)
Pain and Pleasure (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/102.html)
The Difference Between the Removal of Pain, and Positive Pleasure (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/103.html)
Of Delight and Pleasure as Opposed to Each Other (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/104.html)
Joy and Grief (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/105.html)
Of the Passions Which Belong to Self-Preservation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/106.html)
Of the Sublime (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/107.html)
Of the Passions Which Belong to Society (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/108.html)
The Final Cause of the Difference Between the Passions Belonging to Self-Preservation and Those Which Regard the Society of the Sexes (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/109.html)
Of Beauty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/110.html)
Society and Solitude (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/111.html)
Sympathy, Imitation, and Ambition (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/112.html)
Sympathy (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/113.html)
The Effects of Sympathy in the Distresses of Others (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/114.html)
Of the Effects of Tragedy (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/115.html)
Imitation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/116.html)
Ambition (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/117.html)
The Recapitulation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/118.html)
The Conclusion (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/119.html)
Part II.

Of the Passion Caused by the Sublime (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/201.html)
Terror (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/202.html)
Obscurity (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/203.html)
Of the Difference Between Clearness and Obscurity with Regard to the Passions (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/204.html)
The Same Subject Continued (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/2042.html)
Power (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/205.html)
Privation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/206.html)
Vastness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/207.html)
Infinity (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/208.html)
Succession and Uniformity (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/209.html)
Magnitude in Building (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/210.html)
Infinity in Pleasing Objects (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/211.html)
Difficulty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/212.html)
Magnificence (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/213.html)
Light (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/214.html)
Light in Building (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/215.html)
Colour Considered as Productive of the Sublime (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/216.html)
Sound and Loudness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/217.html)
Suddenness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/218.html)
Intermitting (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/219.html)
The Cries of Animals (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/220.html)
Smell and Taste. Bitters and Stenches (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/221.html)
Feeling. Pain (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/222.html)
Part III.

Of Beauty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/301.html)
Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in Vegetables (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/302.html)
Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in Animals (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/303.html)
Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in the Human Species (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/304.html)
Proportion Further Considered (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/305.html)
Fitness not the Cause of Beauty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/306.html)
The Real Effects of Fitness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/307.html)
The Recapitulation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/308.html)
Perfection not the Cause of Beauty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/309.html)
How Far the Idea of Beauty May be Applied to the Qualities of the Mind (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/310.html)
How Far the Idea of Beauty May be Applied to Virtue (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/311.html)
The Real Cause of Beauty (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/312.html)
Beautiful Objects Small (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/313.html)
Smoothness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/314.html)
Gradual Variation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/315.html)
Delicacy (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/316.html)
Beauty in Colour (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/317.html)
Recapitulation (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/318.html)
The Physiognomy (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/319.html)
The Eye (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/320.html)
Ugliness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/321.html)
Grace (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/322.html)
Elegance and Speciousness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/323.html)
The Beautiful in Feeling (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/324.html)
The Beautiful in Sounds (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/325.html)
Taste and Smell (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/326.html)
The Sublime and Beautiful Compared (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/327.html)
Part IV.

Of the Efficient Cause of the Sublime and Beautiful (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/401.html)
Association (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/402.html)
Cause of Pain and Fear (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/403.html)
Continued (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/404.html)
How the Sublime is Produced (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/405.html)
How Pain Can be a Cause of Delight (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/406.html)
Exercise Necessary for the Finer Organs (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/407.html)
Why Things not Dangerous Produce a Passion Like Terror (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/408.html)
Why Visual Objects of Great Dimensions are Sublime (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/409.html)
Unity, Why Requisite to Vastness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/410.html)
The Artificial Infinite (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/411.html)
The Vibrations Must be Similar (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/412.html)
The Effects of Succession in Visual Objects Explained (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/413.html)
Locke’s Opinion Concerning Darkness Considered (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/414.html)
Darkness Terrible in its Own Nature (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/415.html)
Why Darkness is Terrible (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/416.html)
The Effects of Blackness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/417.html)
The Effects of Blackness Moderated (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/418.html)
The Physical Cause of Love (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/419.html)
Why Smoothness is Beautiful (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/420.html)
Sweetness, Its Nature (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/421.html)
Sweetness, Relaxing (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/422.html)
Variation, Why Beautiful (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/423.html)
Concerning Smallness (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/424.html)
Of Colour (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/425.html)
Part V.

Of Words (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/501.html)
The Common Effects of Poetry, Not by Raising Ideas of Things (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/502.html)
General Words Before Ideas (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/503.html)
The Effect of Words (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/504.html)
Examples that Words May Affect Without Raising Images (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/505.html)
Poetry not Strictly an Imitative Art (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/506.html)
How Words Influence the Passions (http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/507.html)

07-02-2005, 10:50 AM
Thx! :)...

I'm going to have to read through piece by piece though, :D.

07-02-2005, 06:24 PM
Thx! :)...

I'm going to have to read through piece by piece though, :D.
You're welcome. This book is very important in the development of philosophy of art in history. Burke, as an epistemologist, took the non traditional turn to explain beauty and art as a subject rather than an object, based on knowing rather than being. Very interesting read and short. I hope you will enjoy and learn from it :)

07-03-2005, 12:02 AM
Wow nice find, thanks.

07-03-2005, 12:37 PM
*cough* that's alot of text but it looks very interesting though, great, thx for sharing ! :)

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