By Alan B. Brinkley, Peter M. Burkholder, Bernard P. Dauenhauer, James K. Feibleman, Carol A. Kates, Sandra B. Rosenthal, James Leroy Smith (auth.)
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P. 257. , p. 266. 44 VALUE AND ARTISTIC VALUE IN LE SENNE'S PHILOSOPHY with their corresponding particular ends and a universal aim with its corresponding goal,1 That goal toward which our universal aim is directed is Absolute Value. Affirmation, entailing as it does a universal aim, is always the affirmation of Absolute Value, though of course one may affirm Absolute Value without being aware of its absoluteness. Further, the ends toward which our particular intentions are directed are particular values.
94. , p. I II. " 1 Thus every value is both an expression of Absolute Value whence it originates and the revelation of Absolute Value to a finite, "situated" consciousness. What these puzzling formulations mean and point to is developed in Le Senne's discussion of the essential characteristics of value. Value, he finds, is a) atmospheric, b) bipolar and oriented, c) sufficient, and d) personal. Value is called atmospheric both because it is not composed of parts and because it is not instrumental to something beyond itself.
2 Le Senne explains this thesis by pointing out that Value is not an Absolute which is enclosed within itself and radically distinct from the phenomenal world. Nor is value simply a psychological phenomenon. 3 2) Value can be described as "the living unity of the relation between an infinite source of liberality ... and an inexhaustible multiplicity of gifts ... Every value is eternal by reason of its origin but 1 " . . l'ampleur du je ... " Rene Le Senne, Obstacle et Valeur, Fernand Aubier, Paris 1934, p.
Aesthetics II by Alan B. Brinkley, Peter M. Burkholder, Bernard P. Dauenhauer, James K. Feibleman, Carol A. Kates, Sandra B. Rosenthal, James Leroy Smith (auth.)