The Sublime and the Empirical Datum in Psychology: An Exercise of Conceptual Approximation

  • Marina Assis Pinheiro
  • Graciana Vieira de Azevedo
  • Taciana Feitosa de Melo
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The Aesthetics issue in philosophy brings important reflections to the understanding of psychological processes. Burke and Kant produced an episteme full of premises for which the sublime acts as a frontier regarding the mundane and the beautiful, in order to provide the non-apprehensible, the suspension of the field of the linguistic senses before the absolute intelligible. In the eighteenth century, the sublime was born in the European Aesthetic Philosophy through Edmund Burke contributing with the notion that the sublime is linked to the pleasures and pains of the body. The principle of these two contradictory sensations comes together as the basis of an aesthetic experience that results in subjective sensibility. It is through imagination that aesthetic experience then becomes a field of creative perception, in which the sublime will have primary relation to it. In this chapter we explore an essay of a student resignifying her school life. In her writing, the student presents a character attending sixth grade lessons on her first day at a new school. In all lessons which the character describes, we observe some dynamics characterised by the exacerbation of activities and actions in the classroom that highlights the body in movement. The analysis of the essay suggests that the affective excesses played out through the body in movement and highlighted in relation to the context of the classes may constitute discursive markers of the experience of the sublime.


Aesthetics Philosophy Sublime Imagination Body 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marina Assis Pinheiro
    • 1
  • Graciana Vieira de Azevedo
    • 2
  • Taciana Feitosa de Melo
    • 1
  1. 1.UFPERecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Colégio de Aplicação – UFPERecifeBrazil

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