For the subject “The Sublime”, I have to answer five short questions about The Sublime in philosophy. The answers must be given based on the literature I used in class, see files attached. It is very important ONLY to use this literature in your answers and not to use any other sources than the sources attached in the files. But please do NOT copy or quote the text of the slides. Also, please answer the questions by
(a) accuracy/correctness (in other words, your answer must be more or less correct)
(b) ability to engage with a given text (show that you ‘know’ the material discussed in class, that you can relate one passage/problem/author to another etc.)
(c) clarity, structure: sentences need to be clear, ideally with no grammatical errors and with conceptual correctness. The overall answer must have some order (not just random sentences)
About the lectures:
1. Burke, E.
– During the lectures we discussed Burke’s notion of the sublime in his book A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful.
Attention was given to the relation between aesthetics and politics and the notion of Power in Burke’s text. We read the following sections. Part I: 3, 6-7, 10-16; Part II: 1-5, 7-8, 22; Part III: 12, 18, 21, 28; Part IV: 3, 5, 6, 16; Part V: 1, 4, 6,7. (Burke__A_philosophical_enquiry.pdf) + (slides week 1 & 2.pptx)
2. Kant (analytic of the beautiful)
– The lectures were also dedicated to Burke and to understanding some of the main arguments and concepts from Kant’s Analytic of the Beautiful in the Critique of Judgement. We read §§1-11.
3. Kant (analytic of the sublime)
– The lectures were dedicated to Kant’s analysis of the sublime (especially §23-28, read at least: 23, 25, 26 and 28, but also Kant’s analytic of the beautiful, focusing on 6, 9 and 10-11) (Kant_CJ_Meredith-Analytic-Sublime.pdf)
4. Schiller (and Nietzsche) and the stoic sublime
– The lectures were dedicated to the analysis of Schiller’s account of the Sublime in his text: Ueber das Erhabene. In this lecture, we began analysing Kant’s dynamically sublime.
(Schiller On the Sublime.pdf) + (slides weeks 3-4-5.pptx)
5. The postmodern sublime: Derrida on Knat’s mathematically sublime
– The lectures were dedicated to Kant’s mathematically sublime and Derrida’s text The Colossal.