This paper aims at analysing together Spinoza’s third kind of knowledge and Proust’s art conception. The third kind of knowledge outlines a way of existing which is characterised by full activity, the one described by Proust in relation to art. Imagination has a fundamental role in both authors: in Spinoza, it links the affections following the order established by the intellect thanks to the adequate ideas it possesses; in Proust, it is imagination itself which, within the arts, presents the impressions to intelligence so that they can result enlightened. Both intuitive science and art conduct to the knowledge of essences; to deepen the meaning of the sub specie aeternitatis vision described by Spinoza, I will analyse the text of Le temps retrouvé where the big party in Guermantes Palace takes place. Moreover, both the third kind of knowledge and art correspond to an actual experience of eternity. In order to highlight some relevant and common traits of the two authors, the excerpt narrating the death of the painter called Bergotte is taken under account. Since the experience of eternity happens within temporality, the text is substantial as it allows to bear in mind the meaning of both eternity and caducity. In fact, for both Spinoza and Proust, it is exclusively during the indefinite duration of bodily existence that it is possible to be active, exercise one’s eternal essence and thus make experience of one’s eternity.
Sandreschi, S. (In corso di stampa). L'arte come la scienza intuitiva. Attività, essenza, eternità fra Spinoza e Proust. CONSECUTIO RERUM, IV(9).
|Titolo:||L'arte come la scienza intuitiva. Attività, essenza, eternità fra Spinoza e Proust|
SANDRESCHI, SOFIA (Corresponding)
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|Citazione:||Sandreschi, S. (In corso di stampa). L'arte come la scienza intuitiva. Attività, essenza, eternità fra Spinoza e Proust. CONSECUTIO RERUM, IV(9).|
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