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Kant's Analytic of the Sublime: From the Preliminary Sections to the Mathematical Mode

Paul Crowther

in The Kantian Sublime

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239314
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597275 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239319.003.0005

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 Kant's Analytic of the Sublime: From the Preliminary Sections to the Mathematical Mode

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Offers a sustained and close reading of Kant's complex arguments concerning the mathematical sublime. This is based on our aesthetic response to overwhelming magnitude—in terms of vastness or size. Offers two different accounts of Kant's position. An ‘austere’ approach holds that it is when the imagination is overwhelmed by its attempts to comprehend the unity of vast phenomenal items or states of affairs that is the basis of the mathematical sublime. A more ‘baroque’ line of argument involving infinity as a ‘measure’ is also shown to be consistent with Kant's position. Argues that the former approach is the more viable.

Keywords: imagination; infinity; Kant; magnitude; mathematical sublime

Chapter.  12194 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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