Fiona Hughes / Paul Davies
The Hayward Forum in conjunction with the Forum for European Philosophy
6.30-8pm | Wednesday 8 September 1999
Hayward Pavilion, Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London
Fiona Hughes, Essex University
Paul Davies, Sussex University
Simon Glendinning, Reading University
The ‘sublime’ has been called a form of aesthetic pleasure which arises from an intimation of eternity and human finitude. Yet we live in a time where humanity pretends to enjoy almost limitless mastery over nature. As a result it might be thought that the experience of the sublime has been altogether lost to us. Have we become closed to one of the most extraordinary of aesthetic experiences? A panel discussion will explore the place of the idea of the sublime in the modern world.