Marcel Proust and Transcendent Encounter

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Abstract

Proust's moment bienheureux is a special case of transcendent being-in-the-world. The permanent essence of things supplies the transcendent properties. In the moment bienheureux time retains its place and person and world do not merge. Awareness is presentic, like movement in the prototypical transcendent act, the dance. Through the medium of the true self the personality returns to wholeness. Music furnishes the closest equivalent to the suggestions of personal truth that in the moment bienheureux betoken the possibility of living authentically.

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