In The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature, Emily Brady takes a fresh look at the sublime and shows why it endures as a meaningful concept in contemporary philosophy. In a reassessment of historical approaches, the first part of the book identifies the scope and value of the sublime in eighteenth-century philosophy (with a focus on Kant), nineteenth-century philosophy and Romanticism, and early wilderness aesthetics. The second part examines the sublime's contemporary significance through its relationship to the arts; its position with respect to other aesthetic categories involving mixed or negative emotions, such as tragedy; and its place in environmental aesthetics and ethics. Far from being an outmoded concept, Brady argues that the sublime is a distinctive aesthetic category which reveals an important, if sometimes challenging, aesthetic-moral relationship with the natural world.
Part I. The Historical Sublime: 1. The eighteenth-century sublime; 2. The Kantian sublime I: pre-critical and critical work; 3. The Kantian sublime II: nature and morality; 4. The Romantic sublime; Part II. The Contemporary Sublime: 5. Art and the sublime; 6. Tragedy and the sublime; 7. The sublime, terrible beauty, and ugliness; 8. The environmental sublime.