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Schopenhauer and the paradox of the sublime

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Schopenhauer explores the paradoxical nature of the aesthetic experience of the sublime in a richer way than his predecessors did by rightfully emphasizing the prominent role of the aesthetic object and the ultimately affirmative character of the pleasurable experience it offers. Unlike Kant, Schopenhauer’s doctrine of the sublime does not appeal to the superiority of human reason over nature but affirms the ultimately “superhuman” unity of the world, of which the human being is merely a puny fragment. The author focuses on Schopenhauer’s treatment of the experience of the sublime in nature and argues that Schopenhauer makes two distinct attempts to resolve the paradox of the sublime and that Schopenhauer’s second attempt, which has been neglected in the literature, establishes the sublime as a viable aesthetic concept with profound significance.
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Schopenhauer, Kant, sublime, aesthetic experience, aesthetics

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Vandenabeele, Bart. “Schopenhauer and the Paradox of the Sublime.” The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer, edited by Robert Wicks, Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 238–55, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190660055.013.14.
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Vandenabeele, B. (2020). Schopenhauer and the paradox of the sublime. In R. Wicks (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer (pp. 238–255). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190660055.013.14
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Vandenabeele, Bart. 2020. “Schopenhauer and the Paradox of the Sublime.” In The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer, edited by Robert Wicks, 238–55. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190660055.013.14.
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Vandenabeele, Bart. 2020. “Schopenhauer and the Paradox of the Sublime.” In The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer, ed by. Robert Wicks, 238–255. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190660055.013.14.
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Vandenabeele B. Schopenhauer and the paradox of the sublime. In: Wicks R, editor. The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2020. p. 238–55.
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B. Vandenabeele, “Schopenhauer and the paradox of the sublime,” in The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer, R. Wicks, Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 238–255.
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