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I. Philosophy

The expression the sublime (Ger. das Erhabene) refers to our experience of objects that by virtue of their greatness (physical or metaphysical), power, or perfection make us conscious of our own exaltation, often with an accompanying awareness of the limits of our own capacity. In the debate with poetic enthusiasm (I) in antiquity, the sublime was discussed using the term ὕψος (hýpsos, “height”) as a category of poetics and rhetoric (I): in the works of writers like Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, and Pseu…

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Recki, Birgit and Mädler, Inken, “Sublime”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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