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The Kantian SublimeFrom Morality to Art$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239319.001.0001

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Sublimity, Art, and Beyond

Sublimity, Art, and Beyond

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The Kantian Sublime

Paul Crowther (Contributor Webpage)

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Applies the reconstructed version of Kant's theory in a context that he does not, officially, consider an appropriate place for the sublime—namely, in the experience of art. It is shown that, by modifying his notions of ‘genius’ and the ‘aesthetic idea’, it is possible to formulate a complex and distinctively artistic version of sublimity. This converges on a works capacity aesthetically to illuminate the overwhelming scope or universal significance of its subject matter.

Keywords:   aesthetic idea, art, genius, Kant, the sublime

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