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Meditation on Edmund Burke and the Sublime (1756), by Philip Hartigan, 2011.

This is the 81st out of 100 short video meditations by the British artist Philip Hartigan. This deals with Burke’s youthful work, A Philosophical Investigation into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime, specifically by quoting his passages on the uncertain boundary between pleasure and pain.  Hartigan intersperses his reading of Burke with images of suffering and torment from past and contemporary artists.