The sublime, as it emerges in "Beyond the Finite," ... involves two human faculties: perception, through the senses or imagination; and expression, through symbols or pictures. All that is required is that one of those faculties grasp something that eludes the other. "Beyond the Finite" shows something else, though. As Iain Boyd Whyte observes, we tend to equate the sublime—thanks probably to Edmund Burke's famous essay, "The Sublime and the Beautiful" (1756)—with the heights of human experience. But, as Burke himself argued, the concept applies equally to the depths, to the limits of our understanding about the next world and our confrontation with evil in this one.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
... Book Review: Beyond the Finite - WSJ.com. (Hat tip, Dave Lull and Joseph Chovanes.)