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Indeed, such is the metaphysical reach of human freedom that everyattempt to disclose a portion of the world tends to aim for thedisclosure of the “totality” of beings. This is because (asHusserl had already insisted) the most partial or minute act ofperception entails a reference to a broader horizon of future potentialperceptions. Many existentialist writers have stressed this primordial,metaphysical function of the work of art as a partial revealing thataims to uncover the totality of Being. This idea is found, mostnotably, in Simone de Beauvoir's defence of the metaphysicalnovel (de Beauvoir 1946, 1965, 73; see also, Merleau-Ponty'sreflections in his review of de Beauvoir's first novel,1945c).


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