Animation about: Edmund Burke and the sublime

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Edmund Burke and the sublime

"Some things that move us are beautiful, others are sublime. But the sublime moves us more profoundly than the beautiful. See how Edmund Burke tied the experience of the sublime to the possibility of pain and how the idea went on to influence the artistic Romanticism movement. Voiced by Harry Shearer. Scripted by Nigel Warburton."


BOOK: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

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