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Art in the Face of Evil: Analogies between the Conceptions of Two French Resistance Fighters

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), 94736 Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Philosophies 2019, 4(2), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies4020018
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2019 / Accepted: 13 April 2019 / Published: 22 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophies on Analogy)
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I present two conceptions of the human being and art: that of Renaud—the main fictional character of a short novel written by Vercors—and that of Albert Camus. Although these French resistance fighters experienced the same war, the same terrible events surprisingly lead them to opposite extremes: the first one to despair and the rejection of art perceived as an unbearable lie, the second one to hope and to artistic commitment. Analogical reasoning allows us to show both the similarities and the distinctions between these two men or, more precisely, between what they tell us about human beings and art. Thanks to this, it is easier to understand the essential role the artist plays and his duty towards humankind. Moreover, in the work of Albert Camus, we will see that revolt is—and must be—connected to love. View Full-Text
Keywords: Albert Camus; Vercors; art; human being; evil; analogical comparison Albert Camus; Vercors; art; human being; evil; analogical comparison
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Carciofi, E. Art in the Face of Evil: Analogies between the Conceptions of Two French Resistance Fighters. Philosophies 2019, 4, 18.

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