A classic of modern aesthetics, the Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful remains both influential and engaging.
From the awesome thrill of the sublime to the delightful perfection of the beautiful, Edmund Burke (1729–97) gives an involving account of our sensory, imaginative and judgemental process and its relation to artistic pleasure. This edition also includes 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.
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.
List of Abbreviations
A Chronology of Edmund Burke
A Note on the Texts
A Vindication of Natural Society (1756; second edition, 1757)
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757; second edition, 1759)
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770; third edition, 1770)
Speech on American Taxation (1774; third edition, 1775)
Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies(1775; third edition, 1775)
Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs of America (1777; third edition, 1777)