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Power of Gentleness: Meditations on the Risk of Living

Anne Dufourmantelle


Gentleness is an enigma. Taken up in a double movement of welcoming and giving, it appears on the threshold of passages signed off by birth and death. Because it has its degrees of intensity, because it is a symbolic force, and because it has a transformative ability over things and beings, it is a power. The simplicity of gentleness is misleading. It is an active passivity that may become an extraordinary force of symbolic resistance and, as such, become central to both ethics and politics. Gentleness is a force of secret life-giving transformation linked to what the ancients called potential ... More

Keywords: body, gentleness, potential, power, psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823279586
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Dufourmantelle, author