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Author Doran, Robert, 1968- author.

Title The theory of the sublime from Longinus to Kant / Robert Doran, University of Rochester
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 313 pages)
Contents Defining the Longinian sublime -- Longinus's five sources of sublimity -- Longinus on sublimity in nature and culture -- Boileau: the birth of a concept -- Dennis: terror and religion -- Burke: sublime individualism -- The Kantian sublime in 1764: Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime -- The sublime in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason -- The sublime in Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment -- Judging nature as a magnitude: the Mathematically Sublime -- Judging nature as a power: the Dynamically Sublime -- Sublimity and culture in Kant
Summary "In this book, Robert Doran offers the first in-depth treatment of the major theories of the sublime, from the ancient Greek treatise On the Sublime (attributed to 'Longinus') and its reception in early modern literary theory to the philosophical accounts of Burke and Kant. Doran explains how and why the sublime became a key concept of modern thought and shows how the various theories of sublimity are united by a common structure - the paradoxical experience of being at once overwhelmed and exalted - and a common concern: the preservation of a notion of transcendence in the face of the secularization of modern culture. Combining intellectual history with literary theory and philosophical analysis, his book provides a new, searching and multilayered account of a concept that continues to stimulate thought about our responses to art, nature and human events"--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-304) and index
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Subject Sublime, The -- History
Sublime, The.
Det sublima.
PHILOSOPHY -- Metaphysics.
Sublime, The.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1316374858