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est infinie, mais son pouvoir limité.]20 last sentence noted: Precisely. And S. de B. takes advantage of this to interpret ‘vouloir la liberté’ as ‘vouloir le pouvoir’, which is more to her taste. [Cependant, il est peu de vertu plus triste que la résigna­ tion.]21: This is simply prejudice, not a philosophical objection. If I have a taste for resignation there is nothing more to be said—except that it becomes my duty to wish it for everybody. [Mais on ne réussit par là qu’à sauver une notion abstraite de la liberté, on vide celle-ci de tout contenu et de toute vérité : le pouvoir de l’homme cesse d’être limité parce qu’il s’annule. C’est la singularité du projet qui determine la limitation du pouvoir ; mais c’est elle aussi qui donne au projet son contenu et qui lui permet de se fonder. Il y a des gens à qui l’idée d’échec inspire une telle horreur qu’ils se retiennent de jamais rien vouloir : mais nul se songerait à considérer cette morne passivité comme le triomphe de la liberté.]22: See p. 40. [Cependant un tel salut n’est possible que si, en dépit des obstacles et des échecs, un homme conserve la disposition de son avenir, si la situation lui ouvre encore des possibilités. Dans le cas où sa transcendance est coupée de ses buts, où il n’a plus aucune prise sur les objets qui pourraient lui donner un contenu valable, sa spontanéité se dissipe sans rien fonder ; alors il lui est interdit de justifier positivement son existence, et il en éprouve la contingence avec un dégoût

20.  ‘However, man does not create the world. He succeeds in unveiling it only through the resistances that the world sets against him. Will defines itself only by giving rise to obstacles; and from the contingency of facticity some obstacles are overcome, others not. That is what Descartes expressed when he said that the freedom of man is infinite, but his power limited.’ 21.  ‘However, there are few virtues that are sadder than resignation.’ 22.  ‘But in this way, we succeed merely in retaining an abstract notion of liberty. We empty it of all content and all truth: man’s power ceases to be limited because it nullifies itself. It is the singularity of the project which determines limitation of power. But it is also this that gives to the project its content and that permits it to base itself. There are people to whom the idea of failure inspires such fright that they abstain from ever wanting anything; but no one would think to consider this sad passivity as the triumph of liberty.’

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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