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6 - Meet the Sublime Now: It’s a Negative Pleasure

from Part III - Negative and Positive States

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 January 2024

Robert R. Clewis
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Gwynedd Mercy University, Pennsylvania
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Chapter 6 characterizes the development of Kant’s views of the sublime in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and other pre-Critical writings and materials. The description of the sublime in the third Critique is shaped by Kant’s moral turn and his interest in a principle of natural purposiveness. The chapter shows how the early Kant synthesizes the ideas of Edmund Burke on the one hand and Alexander Baumgarten and Moses Mendelssohn on the other. It reveals how Kant shifts from a psychological–anthropological account of the sublime to a non-empirical, transcendental one.

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Print publication year: 2023

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