Prefaces, and Introduction On Taste Part I
• In the "Preface to the First Edition," Burke begins by stating that he had always been interested in, but not fully understanding, that which defined the sublime and the beautiful.
• Ideas and definitions of the sublime and the beautiful are often confounded or incorrectly combined with one another.
• In the "Preface to the Second Edition," Burke acknowledges the criticism and advice from his readers and friends, and though he has not changed his views, he expanded his arguments.
• Burke promises that "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" will be careful and thorough.
• Burke cautions the reader that his work is not a full treatise on the sublime and the beautiful, but rather a discussion of their origins only.
• The usefulness of the "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the...
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