Edmund Burke on the sublime

published 5 years ago by BBC Radio

Some things that move us are beautiful, others are sublime. But what is the difference?

Some things that move us are beautiful. Others are sublime. But the sublime moves us more profoundly than the beautiful. That's what the eighteenth century thinker Edmund Burke claimed in his book a philosophical inquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful. But what did he mean. Beautiful objects he observed tend to be small smooth delicate and attractive. Sublime ones fast. Gloomy. Dark and threatening a blue belt a greyhound for adult might be beautiful. A cliff face a mountain for a thunderstorm at sea. Sublime. Beautiful things produce pleasurable feelings. A blind ones over wellness center terrifying effect is viscerally but at some level almost paradoxically. They still delight as. We peer over the edge of a precipice. Frightened. But Ben ...

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