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  • ISBN: 9780140436259
  • ISBN10: 0140436251

A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful and Other Pre-Revolutionary Writings

by Edmund Burke

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Publish date: 07/01/1999
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Description: From the awesome thrill of the sublime to the delightful perfection of the beautiful, Edmund Burke gives an involving account of our sensory, imaginative, and judgmental process and its relation to artistic pleasure -- it is a text that influenced the writers of the Romantic period. This edition also features several of Burke's early political works, which illustrate that, despite his later opposition to the Revolution in France, he took a liberal and humane view of society and government. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful includes Burke's political parody, "A Vindication of Natural Society, " and his essays on the American colony -- "Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, " "Speech on American Taxation, " "Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies, " and "Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs of America." This authoritative edition has securely established texts, and in his illuminating Introduction, David Womersley clearly reveals the cross-pollination of Burke's aesthetic and political thinking: the power exercised by art and the art of exercising power.
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