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In 1757 the 27-year-old Edmund Burke argued that our aesthetic responses are skilled as natural emotional arousal, unencumbered by means of highbrow concerns. In so doing he overturned the Platonic culture in aesthetics that had prevailed from antiquity till the eighteenth century, and changed metaphysics with psychology or even body structure because the foundation for the topic. Burke's thought of good looks encompasses the feminine shape, nature, paintings, and poetry, and he analyses our have fun with elegant results that thrill and excite us. His revolution in procedure maintains to have repercussions within the aesthetic theories of at the present time, and his revolution in sensibility has cleared the path for literary and inventive pursuits from the Gothic novel via Romanticism, twentieth-century portray, and past.

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But it is common to pass over both the premises and conclusion in silence, and to produce as an objection, some poetical passage which does not seem easily accounted for upon the principles I endeavour to establish. 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.

The real cause of Beauty SECTION XIII. Beautiful objects small SECTION XIV. Smoothness SECTION XV. Gradual Variation SECTION XVI. Delicacy SECTION XVII. Beauty in Colour SECTION XVIII. Recapitulation SECTION XIX. The Physiognomy SECTION XX. The Eye SECTION XXI. Ugliness SECTION XXII. Grace SECTION XXIII. Elegance and Speciousness SECTION XXIV. The Beautiful in Feeling SECTION XXV. The Beautiful in Sounds SECTION XXVI. Taste and Smell SECTION XXVII. The Sublime and Beautiful compared 99 too i oo 101 102 102 103 104 105 106 107 107 108 108 109 109 11 o 111 113 113 PART IV SECTION I.

And that the critical Taste does not depend upon a superior principle in men, but upon superior knowledge, may appear from several instances. The story of the ancient painter and the shoemaker is very well known* The shoemaker set the painter right with regard to some mistakes he had made in the shoe of one of his figures, and which the painter, who had not made such accurate observations on shoes, and was content with a general resemblance, had never observed. But this was no impeachment to the Taste of the painter, it only shewed some want of knowledge in the art of making shoes.

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