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By Edmund Burke

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An eloquent and occasionally even erotic e-book, the Philosophical Enquiry was once lengthy brushed aside as a section of mere juvenilia. even though, Burke's research of the connection among emotion, attractiveness, and artwork shape is now famous as not just a big and influential paintings of aesthetic concept, but additionally one of many first significant works in ecu literature at the elegant, a topic that has interested thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of at the present time. "I'm gratified you are. conserving Burke's textual content at the chic to be had in a cheap version. thank you back for preserving it e. learn more... Acknowledgements; creation; be aware at the textual content; pick out Bibliography; A Chronology of Edmund Burke; BURKE'S Enquiry; THE PREFACE TO the 1st version; THE PREFACE TO the second one version; creation. On style; THE CONTENTS; Explanatory Notes

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If an enquiry thus carefully conducted, should fail at last of discovering the truth, it may answer an end perhaps as useful, in discovering to us the weakness of our own understanding. If it does not make us knowing, it may make us modest. If it does not preserve us from error, it may at least from the spirit of error, and may make us cautious of pronouncing with positiveness or with haste, when so much labour may end in so much uncertainty. I could wish that in examining this theory, the same method were pursued which I endeavoured to observe in forming it* The objections, in my opinion, ought to be proposed, either to the several principles as they are distinctly considered, or to the justness of the conclusion which is drawn from them.

They who have not taken these methods, if their Taste decides quickly, it is always uncertainly; and their quickness is owing to their presumption and rashness, and not to any sudden irradiation that in a moment dispels all darkness from their minds. But they who have cultivated that species of knowledge which makes the object of Taste, by degrees and habitually attain not only a soundness, but a readiness of judgment, as men do by the same methods on all other occasions. At first they are 25 THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL obliged to spell, but at last they read with ease and with celerity: but this celerity of its operation is no proof, that the Taste is a distinct faculty.

In the question about the tables, the marble polisher will unquestionably determine the most accurately. But notwithstanding this want of a common measure for settling many disputes relative to the senses and their representative the imagination, we find that the principles are the same in all, and that there is no disagreement until we come to examine into the preeminence or difference of things, which brings us within the province of the judgment. So long as we are conversant with the sensible qualities of things, hardly any more than the imagination seems con21 THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL cerned; little more also than the imagination seems concerned when the passions are represented, because by the force of natural sympathy they are felt in all men without any recourse to reasoning, and their justness recognized in every breast.

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