Book ID: CBB572761136

Seven Sublimes (2022)


Nye, David E. (Author)

MIT Press

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 232
Language: English

We experience the sublime—overwhelming amazement and exhilaration—in at least seven different forms. Gazing from the top of a mountain at a majestic vista is not the same thing as looking at a city from the observation deck of a skyscraper; looking at images constructed from Hubble Space Telescope data is not the same as living through a powerful earthquake. The varieties of sublime experience have increased during the last two centuries, and we need an expanded terminology to distinguish between them. In this book, David Nye delineates seven forms of the sublime: natural, technological, disastrous, martial, intangible, digital, and environmental, which express seven different relationships to space, time, and identity. These forms of the sublime can be experienced at historic sites, ruins, cities, and national parks, or on the computer screen. We find them in beautiful landscapes and gigantic dams, in battle and on battlefields, in images of black holes and microscopic particles. The older forms are tangible, when we are physically present and our senses are fully engaged; increasingly, others are intangible, mediated through technology. Nye examines each of the seven sublimes, framed by philosophy but focused on historical examples.

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Authors & Contributors
Ramakers, Bart
Stuckrad, Kocku von
Simon, Julia
Sheehan, William
Williams, James C.
Adams, Marcus P.
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Physics in Perspective
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Geographia antiqua
Technology and Culture
Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino
New York University
Boston University
Johns Hopkins University Press
Philosophy of science
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Experience; witness
Space and time
Post, Elisabeth Maria
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
Hobbes, Thomas
Lemaître, Georges Édouard
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
20th century, early
Amazon River Region (South America)

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