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The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom
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Introduction; 1. The Observations and the Remarks; 2. The judgment of the sublime; 3. Moral feeling and the sublime; 4. Various senses of interest and disinterestedness; 5. Aesthetic enthusiasm; 6. Enthusiasm for the idea of a republic; 7. Conclusion; Appendix 1. On the Remarks; Appendix 2. Some features of the feelings discussed in this book; Appendix 3. Classification of what elicits sublimity; Bibliography; Index.

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This book shows how certain crucial concepts in Kant's aesthetics and practical philosophy fit together and deepen our understanding of his thought.

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Robert R. Clewis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gwynedd-Mercy College, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Philosophy and French from Wake Forest University, North Carolina and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from Boston College, Massachusetts. He also received an MA in Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy.

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'This is a comprehensive and insightful treatment of the Kantian sublime. It convincingly links Kant's aesthetic discussions of the sublime to both his moral philosophy and his political perspective. Toward that end Clewis emphasizes the role of enthusiasm in the sublime and provides exceedingly nuanced analyses of the various senses of disinterestedness and interest that help to elucidate how the aesthetic can have moral import.' Rudolf A. Makkreel, Emory University, Atlanta
'In this learned, acute, and lucid book, Robert R. Clewis supplements recent discussion of connections between Kant's aesthetics and his ethics with a demonstration of the tie between his aesthetics and his politics, convincingly establishing a relation between Kant's concepts of the sublime and of enthusiasm as a positive political force. Along the way, he also throws new light on Kant's views about freedom, interest and disinterestedness, respect, and republicanism, and illuminates Kant's attitude toward the French Revolution. This is a must read for all students of Kant's aesthetics, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.' Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania
'... there has been only a handful of sustained scholarly works on the sublime in Kant. Clewis's book, which emphasizes the connection between the sublime and enthusiasm in Kant's writings, tracing Kant's thoughts on these topics back to his early work, is a very welcome addition to Kant scholarship. ... provides a rich and detailed analysis of Kant's concepts of the sublime, of enthusiasm as well as the moral feeling of respect, showing their differences and interconnections. ... I learned a lot from reading this book and benefited from thinking about the issues involved ...' Melissa Zinkin, TPR Critique
'Robert R. Clewis's book The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom is a rich and thoughtful examination of Kant's concept of the sublime, of the interface between Kant's aesthetics and his practical philosophy, and of Kant's attitude toward moral enthusiasm, which he effectively argues ...' Paul Guyer, TPR Critique
"This is a comprehensive and insightful treatment of the Kantian sublime. It convincingly links Kant's aesthetic discussions of the sublime to both his moral philosophy and his political perspective. Toward that end Clewis emphasizes the role of enthusiasm in the sublime and provides exceedingly nuanced analyses of the various senses of disinterestedness and interest that help to elucidate how the aesthetic can have moral import." --Rudolf A. Makkreel, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Philosophy, Emory University
"In this learned, acute, and lucid book, Robert Clewis supplements recent discussion of connections between Kant's aesthetics and his ethics with a demonstration of the tie between his aesthetics and his politics, convincingly establishing a relation between Kant's concepts of the sublime and of enthusiasm as a positive political force. Along the way, he also throws new light on Kant's views about freedom, interest and disinterestedness, respect, and republicanism, and illuminates Kant's attitude toward the French Revolution. This is a must read for all students of Kant's aesthetics, moral philosophy, and political philosophy." --Paul Guyer, Murray Professor in the Humanities, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
"Clewis's book The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom presents a new challenge for those who criticize Kant's moral theory for its "rigor" and its insufficient recognition of the relevance of sensibility and emotions in human moral life. ... [it] is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Kant's notion of the sublime and its relation to morality. aesthetic enthusiasm share phenomenological and structural affinities with the moral feeling of respect, and thus prepare us for the exercise of our moral agency." --- Lara Osteric, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"...provides an interesting and systematic discussion of an oft-neglected aspect of Kant's philosophy... it is of obvious interest to people working on and interested Kant's moral philosophy, especially if they are also interested in the impure, empirical side of Kant's thinking... an impressive and interesting piece of Kant scholarship..." ---Carsten Fogh Nielsen, MA, Metapsychology Online Reviews
"....Clewis has accomplished much.... this book is well worth reading by anyone who is interested in the connection between aesthetics and moral theory." --Stefan Bird-Pollan, Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
"...there has been only a handful of sustained scholarly works on the sublime in Kant. Clewis's book, which emphasizes the connection between the sublime and enthusiasm in Kant's writings, tracing Kant's thoughts on these topics back to his early work, is a very welcome addition to Kant scholarship.... provides a rich and detailed analysis of Kant's concepts of the sublime, of enthusiasm as well as the moral feeling of respect, showing their differences and interconnections.... I learned a lot from reading this book and benefited from thinking about the issues involved..." --Melissa Zinkin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton, TPR Critique
"Robert Clewis's book The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom is a rich and thoughtful examination of Kant's concept of the sublime, of the interface between Kant's aesthetics and his practical philosophy, and of Kant's attitude toward moral enthusiasm, which he effectively argues..." --Paul Guyer, Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Brown University, TPR Critique

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