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70. 30 IS GRACEFULNESS A SUPERVENIENT PROPERTY? agreement with his claim. Therefore, the answer I shall tentatively offer, to the question we have been examining in Part II, is that no other repeatable, independently specifiable property is a non-definitional sufficient condition of gracefulness. And thus I have committed myself to a negative answer to the main question of this paper. So far as I know, gracefulness is not supervenient. PART III As it stands, the conclusion reached in Part II is puzzling.

The experience of any value originates in an experience of duty. But we cannot say that one must resolve an experienced contradiction artistically. An artistic resolution, the actualization of artistic value, is simply one of the four ways in which men resolve contradictions. Yet because these four cardinal values are intertwined we can say both that any lived contradiction is in principle capable of being resolved artistically and that a non-artistic resolution is an incomplete resolution, a resolution which still contains contradictory elements.

2 Since value is absolute then it must be both one and infinite. Consequently it should be thought of as an inexhaustible expansion. Value is bipolar and oriented. In saying that value is bipolar, Le Senne is claiming that every positive value is correlative to a negative value. For example, truth is correlative to falsity. Now negative value is not simply the negation of value. Rather it is in its own right absolutely valuable. This odd position will be clarified when it is shown in part two that Le Senne holds that the experience of value originates in the experience of contradiction.

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