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  1. A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas: Of the Sublime and the Beautiful.Edmund Burke - 1764 - Oxford University Press UK.
    'Pain and pleasure are simple ideas, incapable of definition.'In 1757 the 27-year-old Edmund Burke argued that our aesthetic responses are experienced as pure emotional arousal, unencumbered by intellectual considerations. In so doing he overturned the Platonic tradition in aesthetics that had prevailed from antiquity until the eighteenth century, and replaced metaphysics with psychology and even physiology as the basis for the subject. Burke's theory of beauty encompasses the female form, nature, art, and poetry, and he analyses our delight in sublime (...)
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  • The Theory of the Sublime From Longinus to Kant.Robert Doran - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    In this book, Robert Doran offers the first in-depth treatment of the major theories of the sublime, from the ancient Greek treatise On the Sublime and its reception in early modern literary theory to the philosophical accounts of Burke and Kant. Doran explains how and why the sublime became a key concept of modern thought and shows how the various theories of sublimity are united by a common structure - the paradoxical experience of being at once overwhelmed and exalted - (...)
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  • A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia.Gilles Deleuze - 1987 - Athlone Press.
    Suggests an open system of psychological exploration to cut through accepted norms of morality, language, and politics.
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