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MELANCHOLY AS AN AESTHETIC CATEGORY: EXPLORING THE PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATION AND SENSIBILITIES OF 18TH CENTURY

RACHIT KUMAR

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (ENGLISH)

SATYAWATI COLLEGE

 

Abstract

The focus or underlying emphasis of this paper is to delve into the formative and initial understanding of melancholy as a phenomenon vis-à-vis philosophical speculations and analytical debates around this terminology, in the medieval period to 18th century. Melancholy as a phenomenon has long been analysed and researched upon to be categorically understood and defined. With advancement in medical sciences, this field further opened up a plethora of case studies, debates and discussions by psychiatrists and medical experts to comprehend it thoroughly. When psychology evolved as an empirical discipline it became distinctly diversified from philosophy over the centuries. Their approach and methodology towards understanding this phenomenon differs a lot and has also altered rapidly and consequently. This paper focuses on philosophical understanding of melancholy during medieval period. While defining aesthetics of sublime Kant also discusses about melancholy. This paper seeks to discuss speculative and initial understanding around melancholy, and also posits it as a distinct aesthetic category.

Keywords –Etymological Origin, Ancient& Medieval Understanding, Kantian Categorisation of Sublime, Melancholic attribute & aesthetics.

journal of english

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