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PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY

INTO THE

ORIGIN OF OUR IDEAS

OF THE

SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL:

WITH AN

INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSE
CONCERNING TASTE.

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LONDON:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. F. DOVE,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.

1827.

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INTRODUCTION. On Taste *

PART I.

Sect.

1. Novelty . . . . .... . .25

2. Pain and Pleasure ........ 26

3. The Difference between the Removal of Pain and posi-

tive Pleasure . -. .28

4. Of Delight and Pleasure, as opposed to each other . 30

A. Jot and Grief . . ... . . . .31

6. Of the Passions which belong to Self-preservation . 33

7. Of the Sublime . . . H>.

8. Of the Passions which belong to Society ... 34

9. The final Cause of the Difference between the Passions

belonging to Self-preservation, and those which re-

gard the Society oftheSexes . . . . .36

10. Of Beauty . ..-.-. . ... .37

It. Society and Solitude 38

12. Sympathy, Imitation, and Ambition 39

13. Sympathy . . . . . . , . ., .ft.

14. The effects of Sympathy in the Distresses of others . 40

15. Of the Effects of Tragedy 49

16. Imitation 44

17. Ambition 45

18. The Recapitulation 47

19. The Conclusion ... 48

PART II.

1. Of the Passion caused by the Sublime . . .51

2. Terror ■ M

3. Obscurity .33

4. Of the Difference between Clearness and Obscurity with

regard to the Passions ....... 54

5. The same subject continued * As

6. Power M

7. Privation 66

8. Vastness ... 67

9. Infinity 68

10. Succession and Uniformity 69

11. Magnitude in Building 71

12. Infinity in pleating Objects 72

13. Difficulty 73

14. Magnificence ib,

13. Light 78

16. Light in Building -76

17. Colour considered as productive of the Sublime . . 77

18. Sound and Loudness . . . 78

19. Suddenness 79

30. Intermitting th-

ai. The Cries of Animals . . . ... . .99

22. Smell and Taste, Bitten and Stenches . . . 81

23. Feeling and Pain 62

PART III.

1. Of Beauty 63

2- Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in Vegetables . 84

3. Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in Animals . . 88

3. Proportion not the Cause of Beauty in tbe Human Species 89

5. Proportion further considered . * * , . 06

6. Fitness not (he Cause, of Beauty . . . * os
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7. The real Effects of Fitness 101

8. The Recapitulation 104

9. Perfection not the Cause of Beauty . . . .105

10. How far the Idea of Beauty may be applied to the Qua-

lities of the Mind lb.

11. How far the Idea of Beauty may be applied to Virtue 107

12. The real Cause of Beauty ....... lb.

13. Beautiful Objects small 108

14. Smoothness . 109

15. Gradual Variation 110

16. Delicacy 112

17. Beauty In Colour ■ . .113

18. Recapitulation . . . .' ib.

19. The Physiognomy 114

2o. The Eye ib.

21. Ugliness -U6

32, Grace 116

23. Elegance and Speciousness . .... .lb.

24. The Beautiful in Feeling . 117

25. The Beautiful in Sounds 118

26. Taste and Smell 120

27. The Sublime and Beautiful compared . . . . lsl

PART IV.

1. Of the efficient Cause of the Sublime and Beautiful . 123

2. Association ■ . . . 124

3. Cause of Pain and Fear 125

4. Continued 126

5. How the Sublime is produced 127

6. How Pain can be a Cause of Delight .... 128

7. Exercise necessary for the finer Organs ... 130

8. Why Things not dangerous sometimes produce a Pas-

sion like Terror . . ib•

9. Why Visual Objects of great Dimensions are Sublime 131

10. Unity, why requisite to Vastness . . . . . . 139

11. The artificial Infinite ... . . . .133

12. The Vibrations must be similar 133

13. Tbe Effects of Succession in Visual Objects explained - ib.

14. Locke's Opinion concerning Darkness considered . 138

15. Darkness terrible in its own Nature .... 139

16. Why Darkness is terrible 140

17. The Effects of Blackness 143

18. The Effects of Blackness moderated .... 144

19. The Physical Cause of Love 146

20. Why Smoothness is beautiful ...... 146

21. Sweetness, its Nature ....... 147

22. Sweetness, relaxing 150

23. Variation, why beautiful . . . , ■. . .151

24. Concerning Sihallntss 153

25. Of Colour 156

PART V.

1. Of Words . . . . 157

2. The Common Effect of Poetry, not by raising Ideas of

Things . . ■. . . ■ 158

3. GeneralWords before Ideas 160

4. The effect of Words 161

5. Examples that Words may affect without raising Images 163

6. Poetry not strictly an Imitative Art . 168

7. How Words influence the Passions ..... lb.

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