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Stendhal: « La vérité, l'âpre vérité »

Published in Philosophiques. 2013, vol. 40, no. 1, p. 87-106
Abstract Stendhal and Musil are deeply concerned with the question of the knowledge value of literature. Like Musil and before him, Stendhal answered this question by showing the potential of the novel : this literary form presents human emotions and their connection to values. The characters deal with various situations, therefore convey ethical values, while aesthetic values — such as the comic, the tragic, the tragic-comic, the sublime- emerge from the way in which human actions and emotions are represented. All these values are brought about by the style of Stendhal, which is both form and content, both ethical and aesthetic. The analysis of some hypothetical sentences, conjectures and thought experiments in The Red and the Black confirms the thesis later endorsed by Musil, that literature allows for the knowledge of the possible, thanks to the exercise of the imagination.
Keywords EmotionsFictionLiterature and knowledge
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Research group Affective sciences
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LOMBARDO, Patrizia. Stendhal: « La vérité, l'âpre vérité ». In: Philosophiques, 2013, vol. 40, n° 1, p. 87-106. doi: 10.7202/1018378ar https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:96335

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