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Edmund Burke on the sublime

Updated Thursday, 13th November 2014

Our animation holds a mirror up to Burke's ideas on what is sublime.

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This animation looks at how some things that move us are beautiful, others are sublime. But the sublime move us more profoundly than the beautiful. That’s what the 18th century thinker Edmund Burke claimed in his book A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. 




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