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La douceur de la patience. La patience retrouvée

Abstract : After regretting the disappearance of the virtue of patience from the history of ethics at the close of the medieval period, and observing its reappearance in the form of constancy/perseverance or a patience without pathos, it has become urgent to opt for the ethical courage of a patience that accompanies the other and listens, without necessarily satisfying all his desires. To understand what it means to “show patience” requires a phenomenological approach to sensitivity, if we are to reactivate the antique prestige of patience. That is what Husserl did. In this respect, he enters into conflict with Kantianism. The patience of the philosopher is fidelity to the infinite Idea. Intentional patience is described with the ethos of responsibility. For the being who undertakes “to be”, it is excellence, as Heidegger demonstrates: we become aware of Dasein when it is exposed to the world. Patience plays no role in the ethic of the law, which preserves a constitutive dimension of passivity. Patience belongs to essential thought and not to calculating thought, obsessed by goals. It is meta-ethical, in F. Rosenzweig’s sense of the term.
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Emmanuel Housset. La douceur de la patience. La patience retrouvée. Revue d'éthique et de théologie morale, Editions du Cerf, 2008, 3 (250), pp.23-38. ⟨10.3917/retm.250.0023⟩. ⟨hal-02138560⟩

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