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From the Dynamical Mode of Sublimity to the Deduction, and an Overall Critical Review

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/10.1093/0198239319.003.0006

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 From the Dynamical Mode of Sublimity to the Deduction, and an Overall Critical Review

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Pays detailed attention to Kant's understanding of the dynamical sublime. This is shown to involve a state of moral resistance to mighty phenomena that are perceived to be overwhelming in terms of power and destructiveness. Viewed from a position of safety, such phenomena invite us to become aware—through an aesthetic response to nature—of the superiority of our moral over our sensible being. This experience is shown to embody ‘respect’—a mode of feeling that involves a ‘mental movement’ from pain to pleasure, and that was earlier also shown to loom large in Kant's moral philosophy.

Keywords: dynamical sublime; feeling; Kant; moral being; power; sensible being

Chapter.  11167 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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