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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

08 January 2015

ISBN: 9780199668717

208 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99

In his Enquiry Edmund Burke overturned the Platonic tradition in aesthetics and replaced metaphysics with psychology. His revolutions in method and sensibility influenced later philosophers and literary and artistic movements from the Gothic novel to Romanticism and beyond. This new edition guides the reader through Burke's arguments.

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In his Enquiry Edmund Burke overturned the Platonic tradition in aesthetics and replaced metaphysics with psychology. His revolutions in method and sensibility influenced later philosophers and literary and artistic movements from the Gothic novel to Romanticism and beyond. This new edition guides the reader through Burke's arguments.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Edmund Burke

Edited by Paul Guyer, Brown University

Paul Guyer is a Research Prize Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of nine books on Immanuel Kant. He has edited and translated four works by Kant, and his recent publication is A History of Modern Aesthetics in three volumes (CUP, 2014).

Reviews

"Burke's 'Enquiry' is essential reading on aesthetics. Paul Guyer's new edition helps the reader get the most out of the text, with a clear and thought-provoking introduction and excellent notes." - Minerva, Lucia Marchini

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