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These fluctuations are excessive or rhapsodic (u¨berschwenglich) from the point of view of the empirical imagination—a kind of ‘abyss’ within which the imagination fears to lose itself—and, from the point of view of reason, ‘lawful’ in that they are bound up with ‘reason’s idea of the supersensible’. In experiencing the sublime, it is not fear alone that is registered, but fear mixed and modified by reason, and in a way that means the chaotic and irrational is also ‘harmonious’ with the purposive and orderly (258).
From the point of view of the subject who believes in a truth, it is not possible to distinguish between persuasion and conviction, says Kant. However, from an external point of view it is nevertheless possible to distinguish between being persuaded and being convinced that something is true. The person who is convinced believes that ‘the ground of the agreement of all judgments, regardless of the difference among the subjects, rests on the common ground, namely the object’ and this means that there is ‘the possibility of communicating it and finding it to be valid for the reason of every human being to take it to be true’ (CPR: A820/B848).
Reading this back onto the philosophies of the sublime, we could either say (as Hegel himself said) that the sublime involves a failure to adequately express the properly organic and complete universals of spirit, or we could read the Kantian sublime (as Strauss does) in a Hegelian manner, as the sacrifice of the sensuous and the empirical imagination in favour of the abstract universals of reason and freedom, abstractly considered. Lyotard offers a strong—and philosophically interesting—defence against both these strategies.
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