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    Three Essays on Proust

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    Three Essays on Proust Introduction In Candace Vogler’s Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities class last winter, we were asked to write six short essays relating Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way to several cognitive philosophy texts, including Rene Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy and George Berkeley’s Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous. Our task was to make the ideas of Proust, Descartes, and Berkeley communicate with one another—to juxtapose and compare their ideas about what

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    The Truth of Proust and Descartes In the Overture, Marcel first puts forth his task: to "piece together the original components of [his] ego." (Proust 6) In his synopsis of the Meditations, Descartes, too, puts forth his goal: to attain the "most certain and most evident… knowledge of our mind and of God" (Descartes 10). These projects are parallel: in two remarkably different literary forms and through two very different philosophical processes, the authors, Proust and Descartes, through their

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    Marcel Proust Defines the Self in Remembrance of Things Past Proust seems to be unique among the twentieth century authors in that his denial of rational thought is through the use of sensation to respond to the problem--instead of experience, for example--by defining the self as a retrievable essence comprised of all past experiences. Our human condition is defined by mortality, contingency, and discontentment. This reality combined with the new outlooks of relationships between our lives

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    When interpreting characters in novels readers perceive characters by the impressions the author provides to writers. In the novels Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust and The Trial by Franz Kafka the characters Albertine and Josef K. can be looked at in many different perspectives. Proust portrays Albertine to be a multifaceted, unpredictable character but when taking a step away from the narrator’s thoughts she can be seem in a completely different light. Kafka’s main character Josef K. can

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    I Had to Fight to Read

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    she had no right to restrict my choices as I had their permission to read whatever I wanted. The summer of my thirtieth year was especially difficult for this poor beleaguered woman. Her worst day came when I insisted on checking out all of Proust, every one of Thomas Wolfe's novels, and while I was at it, Joyce's Ulysses as well. After all, I reasoned, I had two weeks to keep these books and I was a fast reader. So I took them home, to the old iron glider under the grape arbor, and

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    national or temporal forms it (that is, the thought) takes. For all these are living forms, and the traveler is metaphysically alive. Therefore - Mamardashvilli and Montaigne, and Pascal, and Descartes, and Rousseau. And Proust, at last.... Listening attentively to "The Lectures about Proust", we find the talk of the doubles and cannot distinguish between the observer and the prototype. In the final layers of the French novel there glimmers the mind of the Georgian philosopher. The idea of the artist

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    Historical development of the atom

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    idea of these elements and by the end of the 1700’s they had discovered about 30 elements. In 1972 Frenchman Antoine Laurent Lavoisier discover the no mater what happens a substance always has the same weight. In the late 1700’s another Frenchman, Proust, discovert that elements can be combined to make different compounds, and that certain proportions had to be used. This became know as “law of definite proportions”. A few years later an English chemist, John Dalton, a fan of Boyle worked on Proust’s

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    always perspectival. (ibid. 95).[5] In itself, however, that could be true of any other living thing. Nor is it a requirement to be alive: an artificial eye has a point of view. More generally, as shown in the excellent discussion of this subject in (Proust 1997), aspectuality can be seen as a consequence of mere differences of informational channels, and doesn't therefore require any level of consciousness. Perspective might itself be of two kinds. This can be seen by asking: Does a still camera have

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    Literature Demands an Ethical Response

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    rights to Levinas. A naturalized French Jew born in Kovno, Lithuania, 92 percent of whose 30,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis including most of his family, Levinas survived the war as a French officer in a POW camp near Hanover, studying Hegel, Proust, Diderot, and Rousseau (Cohen 115-21). As shown his own work, "From the Rise of Nihilism" it is likely that he experienced the "belated shame” often experienced by Jews after the Holocaust occurred (220). It shows that he experienced the kind of survivor

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    that all their masks conceal, Proust confounds us by making the confessions imparted in solitude as constructed as any others. In fact, perhaps the only distinguishing factor, is that in solitude, his characters are free to feel and admit guilt, something they would be reluctant to admit in public. But even in private, their lives are organized as a sort of public confession, as they struggle to maintain the illusion of a stable self. Work Cited Proust, Marcel. Swann's Way. Trans.

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