sublime

<philosophical terminology> the aesthetic feeling aroused by experiences too overwhelming in scale to be appreciated as beautiful by the senses. The awe produced by standing on the brink of the Grand Canyon or the terror induced by witnessing a hurricane are properly said to be sublime. Recommended Reading: Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime, ed. by John T. Goldthwait (California, 1991); Paul Crowther, The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art (Oxford, 1991); and The Sublime Reader: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory, ed. by Andrew Ashfield and Peter De Bolla (Cambridge, 1996).

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