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The Sublime

  • Mary A. McCloskey
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Abstract

Kant’s analysis of judgements concerning the sublime cannot but make the impression of an interruption in the development of the main theme of the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement. The analyses and justification of judgements concerning the beautiful carry over into his discussion of what is worthwhile in fine art; and are thus continuous with it. His discussion of the sublime breaks the train of this development. It does, however, advance the task of illuminating fine art a step. Although the sublime is not a necessary constituent of fine art, it may, so Kant believes, enter into it, on the condition that what is sublime is made to be, in addition, beautiful. Unfortunately we are not given many indications as to how that is to be done. However, we learn, at least, that ‘beautiful’ and ‘sublime’ are not thought by Kant to be incompatible terms.

Keywords

Wide Sense Perceptual Form Aesthetic Judgement Moral Importance Aesthetic Idea 
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