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The Science of Sensibility: Reading Burke's Philosophical Enquiry

Editors: Vermeir, Koen, Funk Deckard, Michael (Eds.)

  • First book to establish the historical, philosophical, literary, scientific importance of the Philosophical Enquiry as an independent work 
  • A long overdue ‘state of the art’ of current Burke scholarship’
  • Provides reviously unpublished original reading of the Philosophical Enquiry
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About this book

Attracting philosophers, politicians, artists as well as the educated reader, Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry, first published in 1757, was a milestone in western thinking. This edited volume will take the 250th anniversary of the Philosophical Enquiry as an occasion to reassess Burke’s prominence in the history of ideas. Situated on the threshold between early modern philosophy and the Enlightenment, Burke’s oeuvre combines reflections on aesthetics, politics and the sciences. This collection is the first book length work devoted primarily to Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry in both its historical context and for its contemporary relevance. It will establish the fact that the Enquiry is an important philosophical and literary work in its own right.

About the authors

Michael Funk Deckard is assistant professor of philosophy at Lenoir-Rhyne University (North Carolina). After completing his PhD in 2007 entitled, ‘Edmund Burke on Beauty and the Sublime: Taste and Passions in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics’, he has ventured into the work of contemporary author J. M. Coetzee, French phenomenologist Paul Ricoeur, the philosophy of music, the relationship of science and religion, medical ethics, and the ethics of war and peace. He has also co-edited (with Péter Losonczi) Philosophy Begins in Wonder: An Introduction to Early-Modern Philosophy, Theology, and Science.

Koen Vermeir (CNRS) is a Senior Researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Laboratoire SPHERE, UMR 7219, Paris, France. He also directs the Leuven Interdisciplinary Platform for the Study of the Sciences. A specialist in history of science and history of philosophy, his main interests are in the history of the early modern imagination, in the interaction between religion and technology, and in early modern aesthetics. After his studies in theoretical physics, philosophy and history of science, he held research positions at the Fund of Scientific Research (Flanders), the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Cambridge University, Cornell University, Harvard University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Vermeir has published three books on aesthetics and various special issues, articles and book chapters on topics in history of science and philosophy.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Philosophical Enquiries into the Science of Sensibility: An Introductory Essay

    Vermeir, Koen (et al.)

    Pages 3-56

  • ‘Communicating a Sort of Philosophical Solidity to Taste’: Newtonian Elements in Burke’s Methodology in Philosophical Enquiry

    Ducheyne, Steffen

    Pages 57-68

  • Hyporborean Meteorologies of Culture: Art’s Progress and Medical Environmentalism in Arbuthnot, Burke and Barry

    Sarafianos, Aris

    Pages 69-90

  • From the Enquiry (1757) to the Fourth Kritisches Wäldchen (1769): Burke and Herder on the Division of the Senses

    Parret, Herman

    Pages 91-106

  • Edmund Burke and John Locke on the Metaphysics of Substance

    Pappin, Joseph

    Pages 107-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Science of Sensibility: Reading Burke's Philosophical Enquiry
Editors
  • Koen Vermeir
  • Michael Funk Deckard
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
206
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2102-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2102-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2101-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8528-0
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 338
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