Sublimity, Art, and Beyond

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

 Sublimity, Art, and Beyond

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Applies the reconstructed version of Kant's theory in a context that he does not, officially, consider an appropriate place for the sublime—namely, in the experience of art. It is shown that, by modifying his notions of ‘genius’ and the ‘aesthetic idea’, it is possible to formulate a complex and distinctively artistic version of sublimity. This converges on a works capacity aesthetically to illuminate the overwhelming scope or universal significance of its subject matter.

Keywords: aesthetic idea; art; genius; Kant; the sublime

Chapter.  8929 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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