A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What motivated Burke to write "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

Burke found that in the past, he did not fully understood the origins of our passions, and that the principles remain unfixed and inconsistent. He felt that others often confuse the sublime and the beautiful.

2. What causes Burke to offer a second edition of "A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful"?

Burke considered the public criticism of his first edition, and decided to further explain, illustrate, and reinforce his arguments through a second addition. He has also decided to add an "Introduction on Taste."

3. What are some of the cautions or caveats Burke offers to his readers in the Second Preface?

Burke assures his readers that his will be a meticulous and experimental study, but he cautions that it will necessarily be an incomplete one. He will only discuss the origins or sources of the beautiful and sublime, and not offer a full demonstration of all their nuances.

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