A Reconstruction of Kant's Theory of the Sublime

Paul Crowther

in The Kantian Sublime

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239314
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597275 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 A Reconstruction of Kant's Theory of the Sublime

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Offers a critical appraisal of both major components in Kant's theory of the sublime, and identifies major difficulties with them. However, also offers a more viable reconstruction of his theory based on the ‘austere’ interpretation of the mathematical sublime—extended so as also to encompass the dynamical sublime. Broadly speaking, the theory now holds that phenomena that are overwhelming in size or power cannot be comprehended as unities in terms of imagination , but can be in rational terms. The scope of reason is thereby exemplified in aesthetic terms.

Keywords: dynamical sublime; imagination; Kant; mathematical sublime; reason

Chapter.  4906 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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