By Edmund Burke
An eloquent and occasionally even erotic ebook, the Philosophical Enquiry used to be lengthy disregarded as a bit of mere juvenilia. notwithstanding, Burke's research of the connection among emotion, good looks, and paintings shape is now well-known as not just a huge and influential paintings of aesthetic thought, but additionally one of many first significant works in eu literature at the chic, an issue that has interested thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of this day. "I'm gratified you are. conserving Burke's textual content at the elegant to be had in a cheap variation. thank you back for preserving it e. learn more... Acknowledgements; creation; notice at the textual content; pick out Bibliography; A Chronology of Edmund Burke; BURKE'S Enquiry; THE PREFACE TO the 1st variation; THE PREFACE TO the second one version; creation. On flavor; THE CONTENTS; Explanatory Notes
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That grief should be willingly endured, though far from a simply pleasing sensation, is not so difficult to be understood.
This manner of proceeding I should think very improper. The task would be infinite, if we could establish no principle until we had previously unravelled the complex texture of every image or description to be found in poets and orators. And though we should never be able to reconcile the effect of such images to our principles, this can never overturn the theory itself, whilst it is founded on certain 4 THE P R E F A C E TO THE SECOND E D I T I O N and indisputable facts. A theory founded on experiment and not assumed, is always good for so much as it explains.
We do and we must suppose, that as the conformation of their organs are nearly, or altogether the same in all men, so the manner of perceiving external objects is in all men the same, or with little difference. We are satisfied that what appears to be light to one eye, appears light to another; that what seems sweet to one palate, is sweet to another; that what is dark and bitter to this man, is likewise dark and bitter to that; and we conclude in the same manner of great and little, hard and soft, hot and cold, rough and smooth; and indeed of all the natural qualities and affections of bodies.