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Courageous Vulnerability And The Bergsonian Artist

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This chapter sketches the attitude of courageous vulnerability. It uses Henri Bergson's description of the artist as the framework for the discussion, and shows that the ethical attitude proposed is analogous to the aesthetic attitude described by Bergson. Courageous vulnerability is the attitude appropriate to the pursuit of the knowledge marked by guilt, shame, and regret, and the chapter shows how this attitude can be best described as analogous to the aesthetic disposition described by Bergson and exemplified by the narrator of À la recherche. It sketches the relevance of Bergson's notion of intuition and shows how it is an epistemological condition for the ethical attitude of courageous vulnerability. For the narrator of À la recherche, as for Bergson, the ethical is mixed up with the aesthetic, but the chapter proposes to separate the two and call the resulting ethical attitude courageous vulnerability.

Keywords: À la recherche; courageous vulnerability; Henri Bergson



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