During this class, I have learned much that I was surprised of some of the information that was delivered. While I slightly knew what I might have expected to see during the course, the concepts that were introduction were fascinating and I was shocked that I didn’t know a few beforehand. One such important concept was the idea of the sublime.
In this article, he uses appropriate words that generally everyone will understand. For example: “superficial” “unprecedented” simultaneous.” He uses these words to make sure that his reader does not get lost; if they do not get lost, it is easier for him to convince them of his claim. He also uses sources to from Erick Kandel, Nobel prize winning neuroscientist in saying that, “only when we pay attention to a new piece of information are we able to associate it ‘meaningfully and
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span. And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales, And the hills in a balance?
Lying the one form of communication that is the untruth expressed to be the truth. Immanuel Kant states that lying is morally wrong in all possible ways. His hatred for lying has made him “just assumed that anyone who lied would be operating with a maxim like this: tell a lie so as to gain some benefit.”(Landau,pp.171) This is true for a vast number of people, they will lie in order to gain a certain benefit from the lie rather than the truth.It is similar to if you play a game of truth or dare, some rather pick a dare because it would release them from having to tell the truth. However, those who do pick truth still have a chance to lie to cover up the absolute truth.People lie in order to cover who they truly are. Even if you lie to benefit someone or something else, it would not matter to Kant because he does not care for the consequences. If you lie but have a good intention it is not the same for Kant, he would argue that you still lied no matter the consequence that a lie is a lie. “ While lying, we accuse others for not being transparent. While being hypocrites ourselves, we expect others to be sincere.” (Dehghani,Ethics) We know how it feels to be lied to by a person, so in order to not have the feeling returned, we hope the person will be truthful. We rather be surrounded by truthful people constantly despite all the lies that some people tell. No
Abstract diction such as “sublime,” “magnificent,” “tranquillised,” and “majestic” portrays the feeling that one cannot fully comprehend or describe nature, but that the mood when one is surrounded by it is of awe and love for it. The narrator’s usage of these abstract words also highlight his own attitude toward nature. As he gazes on the “sublime and magnificent scenes” around him, he is serene and rejuvenated by them, depicting his attitude of the restorative effects that nature has on people, because one can imply from the text that the narrator was melancholy over something, but being out in nature has restored his
The sublime moment: a moment of total tranquillity and wonderment, a rare but overwhelming experience that mankind is blessed to behold. Originally imagined by Longinus as far back as 300 BCE, it exists as beauty of the most profound degree, and is so very exquisite that it cannot be truly recreated by man, as Edmund Burke wrote in his essay “A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.” Burke believed that we must experience the sublime physically, and witness that which is beautiful with our own eyes to truly appreciate its splendour. On the other hand, in her essay “FOAM,” Anne Carson argues that through the art of language, a sublime moment could be recreated by allowing a reader to mentally envision
How do artistic depictions of technology and industry in paintings reflect the aesthetic concept of the Sublime? The sublime is used to describe things that inspire awe or a feeling or emotion. Artistic depictions of the industrial worker are commonly used to depict the sublime. The sublime is an aesthetic concept that originated in Western society during the Classical Age. It has been defined and discussed by historical figures such as Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, and Longinus. The sublime describes something that is inimitable or possesses a quality that inspires awe or overwhelming emotions, such as terror, and is commonly depicted in industrial work that depict hot metal.
When faced with the temptation to tell a lie, it is often difficult to determine what would be the right thing and what would be the wrong thing to do. In the eyes of Kant, a German philosopher, lying in and of itself, is inherently immoral. Contrary to his belief, Mill, a British philosopher, felt that the actions that were thus brought upon you by telling the lie, determined whether or not it was within moral nature.
Lastly, de Botton discusses the sublime in terms of its ability to call attention to the duality of pain and happiness. He includes several pictures in this chapter of vast landscapes that express the contrast of light and dark far more evidently than in other pictures throughout the book. The inclusion of these pictures serves to prompt the reader to recognize the stark contrast yet intimate relationship between light and dark. Likewise, De Botton’s description of the sublime is often in opposition to itself; he describes the sublime as “to do with feelings of weakness”, “threatening”, “can provoke anger and resentment” and “a defiance to man’s will” (de Botton 164).
The exercise of one’s reason is what Immanuel Kant promotes in What is Enlightenment (1997) by creating two main environments: the public and the private space. The public sphere is a place to exercise the public reason where individuals are free from obligation of their occupations or vocations. Specifically, individuals are free to write or speak critically, and act freely without any restrictions. Principally, in the public space, individuals have no conditions or hierarchies who tell them to you act in a certain way, so everyone can perform independently. Nevertheless, the public sphere is not the way you act in public; it just
When it comes to guiding our moral actions, I believe that care ethics is the better moral philosophy to follow over Kantian deontology. While both moral philosophies strongly believe in defending the dignity of our fellow man, care ethics believes that nurturance and caring is the best way to defend a person’s dignity, as opposed to Kant who believe that our actions alone determine our dignity and worth. There are a number of reasons why one should choose care ethics over Kantian deontology. The first reason is that, in his moral philosophy, Kant chooses reason over feeling. The second reason is that Kant lacks compassion for the unique situations of others by suggesting that the principle of good is universifiable. The third reason is that Kant ignores how the consequences of our actions affect others. Finally, the fourth reason is that Kant implies that while we should all seek to perfect our moral selves, we are not responsible for the moral growth and perfection of others. Instead, we are merely obligated to help others and promote their happiness.
Kant argues that humans are the only beings capable of being ends in themselves. He believes that since human were created that they are valuable. Human should not be use a mere end to gain something. Every human is valuable and should treat as such. Human are the only one who can decrease each other’s value. Human should respect the right of each other and avoid hurting each other. Human should help each other reach how valuable they are.
“It is not that something different is seen, but that one sees differently. It is as though the special act of seeing were changed by a new dimension”.
Moving along throughout the semester, it’d be fair to say that, as per the presented curriculum of this Senior Seminar, I’ve gained a wider breadth of knowledge, and the means through which my exploration of “the sublime” can be furthered. Coinciding with a range of classical and modern writers, and their respective texts, grants this elusive concept with multifaceted sources and approaches for us to comprehend, whether literal, anecdotal, or otherwise. What’s most striking to me, though, beyond the basis of a simple, rudimentary definition, are human consequences, as we become proverbial viewers, and, basically, “discoverers” of these phenomena. Recurring circumstances in all these works have each suggested that, though a large majority of these things have existed long before us, and will continue long after us, we are, of course, receiving whatever small insights from our own
The sublime describes the awe and shock that people experience when they see something that is enormous in size. David Rodgers summarizes the works of a man named Longinus, who is credited as the first person to define the sublime. Longinus defines it as “differing from beauty and evoking more intense emotions by vastness, a quality that inspires awe. Whereas beauty may be found in the small, the smooth, the light and the everyday, the sublime is vast, irregular, obscure and superhuman” (Rodgers, 1996, pg. 889). He explains that the sublime is more than just beauty because the sublime captures the massive size of these objects that creates wonderment. Along with Longinus writing about the vast and sheer awe that the sublime creates, Immanuel Kant also explains his definition of the sublime. Kant explains that “the physical properties, whether actually or imaginative perceived, that were generally accorded to the sublime by 18th-century writers, were vastness, obscurity and irregularity, all of which could evoke a degree of terror” (Rodgers, 1996 pg. 890). He also agreed that the impressive size of things helped make them sublime. Overall, the sublime explains the wonderment and awe that someone feels when looking at something that is huge and impressive.