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

Part I.

Novelty (
Pain and Pleasure (
The Difference Between the Removal of Pain, and Positive Pleasure (
Of Delight and Pleasure as Opposed to Each Other (
Joy and Grief (
Of the Passions Which Belong to Self-Preservation (
Of the Sublime (
Of the Passions Which Belong to Society (
The Final Cause of the Difference Between the Passions Belonging to Self-Preservation and Those Which Regard the Society of the Sexes (
Of Beauty (
Society and Solitude (
Sympathy, Imitation, and Ambition (
Sympathy (
The Effects of Sympathy in the Distresses of Others (
Of the Effects of Tragedy (
Imitation (
Ambition (
The Recapitulation (
The Conclusion (
Part II.

Of the Passion Caused by the Sublime (
Terror (
Obscurity (
Of the Difference Between Clearness and Obscurity with Regard to the Passions (
The Same Subject Continued (
Power (
Privation (
Vastness (
Infinity (
Succession and Uniformity (
Magnitude in Building (
Infinity in Pleasing Objects (
Difficulty (
Magnificence (
Light (
Light in Building (
Colour Considered as Productive of the Sublime (
Sound and Loudness (
Suddenness (
Intermitting (
The Cries of Animals (
Smell and Taste. Bitters and Stenches (
Feeling. Pain (
Part III.

Of Beauty (
Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in Vegetables (
Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in Animals (
Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in the Human Species (
Proportion Further Considered (
Fitness not the Cause of Beauty (
The Real Effects of Fitness (
The Recapitulation (
Perfection not the Cause of Beauty (
How Far the Idea of Beauty May be Applied to the Qualities of the Mind (
How Far the Idea of Beauty May be Applied to Virtue (
The Real Cause of Beauty (
Beautiful Objects Small (
Smoothness (
Gradual Variation (
Delicacy (
Beauty in Colour (
Recapitulation (
The Physiognomy (
The Eye (
Ugliness (
Grace (
Elegance and Speciousness (
The Beautiful in Feeling (
The Beautiful in Sounds (
Taste and Smell (
The Sublime and Beautiful Compared (
Part IV.

Of the Efficient Cause of the Sublime and Beautiful (
Association (
Cause of Pain and Fear (
Continued (
How the Sublime is Produced (
How Pain Can be a Cause of Delight (
Exercise Necessary for the Finer Organs (
Why Things not Dangerous Produce a Passion Like Terror (
Why Visual Objects of Great Dimensions are Sublime (
Unity, Why Requisite to Vastness (
The Artificial Infinite (
The Vibrations Must be Similar (
The Effects of Succession in Visual Objects Explained (
Locke’s Opinion Concerning Darkness Considered (
Darkness Terrible in its Own Nature (
Why Darkness is Terrible (
The Effects of Blackness (
The Effects of Blackness Moderated (
The Physical Cause of Love (
Why Smoothness is Beautiful (
Sweetness, Its Nature (
Sweetness, Relaxing (
Variation, Why Beautiful (
Concerning Smallness (
Of Colour (
Part V.

Of Words (
The Common Effects of Poetry, Not by Raising Ideas of Things (
General Words Before Ideas (
The Effect of Words (
Examples that Words May Affect Without Raising Images (
Poetry not Strictly an Imitative Art (
How Words Influence the Passions (

07 July 2005, 10:50 AM
Thx! :)...

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

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

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

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