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Further, the ends toward which our particular intentions are directed are particular values. In summary, then, Le Senne's account of the origin of the experience of value moves as follows: r) The experience of contradiction; 2) the realization that the experience of contradiction contains within itself an invitation to resolve the contradiction; 3) the recognition that this invitation is in effect a duty to synthesize the terms of the contradiction; 4) the activity of synthesizing is an affirmation; 5) affirming implies intentions and an aim; 6) aim is directed towards Absolute Value and intentions are directed toward particular value.
Likewise his insistence upon the mutual implication of harmony, grace and charm is certainly defensible. The weak link in Le Senne's position is his acceptance of four and only four cardinal values and his description of them in terms of the retroversion-proversion and extraversion-introversion coordinates. Le Senne acknowledges that the only reason he has for limiting the cardinal values to the four he has identified is that he has found no others in experience. This is fair enough. But then to distinguish these four on the basis of what are essentially abstract coordinates is to shift ground in a questionable way.
Le Senne recognized clearly that such is not the case. When a man concretely experiences a value, he likewise experiences a risk. 1 . . . La valeur est la relation interexistentielle, qui unit, non des termes, mais des personnes ... " OV p. 192. 2 Le Senne tried to find some grounds for there being four and only four cardinal values. He eventually gave up his search for such grounds and simply accepted these four as the only ones given in experience. VALUE AND ARTISTIC VALUE IN LE SENNE'S PHILOSOPHY 41 Le Senne argues that the riskiness involved in every concrete experience of a value shows us that the experiencing of values reveals an antinomy.