De Descartes à Athikté: métamorphoses du sensible chez Valéry

Thomas Vercruysse


In this contribution, we shall examine how Valéry  leaves Descartes, and the paradigm of sight, in favor of the dancer Athiktè, typical of the paradigm of hearing and touch.  If Descartes offers the pattern of an analytic mapping, that method reveals itself irrelevant to take into account what Valéry calls the C.E.M (Corps Esprit Monde). On the other side, a dancer, like Athiktè appears as the model of poiesis, showing the natura naturans in progress.


Valéry; Poetics; Sight; Hearing; Touch.

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