During the pandemic the arts and humanities have often been underestimated, usually considered marginal to other more pressing matters, or too weak to look after themselves let alone others. This paper will revert this view by stating that the success of any civilisation, even in times of crisis, derives from the strength of the foundations of its cultural system. Resilience was found in La Rose En Vie(London, 2021, AP), a transcendence and synthesis of three previous studies in speculative philosophy of history of the arts: 1. 'Dare-Renaissance' (London, 2009, unpubl.,) illustrating a revolution in humanistic precepts; 2.‘Transcivilisations…’(London, 2014, unpubl.,) a theory which proposed a new phenomenology of spirit; 3.‘Hourglass of Being…’(London, 2018, unpubl.,) testing that same theory. La Rose En Vie offers a rethinking and expands the subject matter into the Covid-19 lockdown period, a time of adversity and loss of life but also an apt moment for retesting the strength of hypotheses in the most difficult of conditions. Some compelling results have emerged spacing from the metaphysics of the arts to the extension of the historical and cultural range, from an appraisal of the ethical to offering hope of recovery. La Rose En Vie is able to re-inspire if not ‘re-inspirit’ everything else, bravely bouncing back in its robust form of great beauty, unafraid to face the eye of the storm and surviving upheavals at all costs on new basis; it is a new and net resilience from an unlikely source, dare one say, from the arts and humanities themselves.
Albert Pizzaia, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom
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