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Published: 08 January 2015

208 Pages


ISBN: 9780199668717

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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful

Second Edition

Edmund Burke
Edited by Paul Guyer

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of one of the central works in the history of aesthetics, whose influence extends to literature and art and on philosophers from Kant and Nietzsche and beyond.
  • Paul Guyer's expert introduction deftly guides the reader through Burke's arguments, explaining the classical tradition that he overturned and analysing the Enquiry's influence on philosophical thinking to the present day.
  • Up-to-date bibliography guides the reader through the burgeoning literature on Burke's aesthetics.
  • Thorough notes places Burke's work in the context of the aesthetic theories of his time.

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by distinguished scholar Paul Guyer providing a thorough and clearly written historical and analytical overview of the work and drawing on scholarship of the last twenty-five years since the previous edition.
  • Expanded and up-to-date bibliography.
  • Revised and expanded notes.

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