Experiencing the Sublime

In the art world the "sublime" is the quality of greatness beyond calculation. The difference between feeling emotions about a piece of art and having a sense of sublimity is that for something to be sublime you must be able to remove yourself from the situation, step back, and mentally assess what and why you are feeling certain emotions. Is the feeling of sublimity still relevant in today’s art? Are there certain components of society that might heighten or dull someone’s sense of sublimity?

  • Absolute music (music without lyrics) is a wholly non-representational art and thus is a form of pure sonic aestheticism. Perhaps that is sublime? – Brandon T. Gass 8 years ago
  • Must the sublime be considered only as a "sense" or "feeling"? Why no sublime-in-itself? – albee 8 years ago
  • Yes. But I think this discussion of the sublime needs more context. This is a great starting point: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant-aesthetics/#2.7 – arianalayla 8 years ago

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