Bergson's Doctrine of Intuition: The Donnellan Lectures for 1921

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Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1922 - Intuition - 122 pages
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Page 42 - The state of the whole universe at any instant, we believe to be the consequence of its state at the previous instant; insomuch that one who knew all the agents which exist at the present moment, their collocation in space, and all their properties, in other words, the laws of their agency, could predict the whole subsequent history of the universe...
Page 113 - Nevertheless, it is necessary to remember that there is a wider Teleology which is not touched by the doctrine of Evolution, but is actually based upon the fundamental proposition of Evolution. That proposition is, that the whole world, living and not living, is the result of the mutual interaction according to definite laws of the forces possessed by the molecules, of which the primitive nebulosity of the universe was composed.
Page 113 - Laplace's hopeful conclusion that an intelligence which knew at one moment of time 'all the forces by which nature is animated, and the respective positions of the entities which compose it .... would embrace in the same formula the movements of the largest bodies in the universe and those of the lightest atom: nothing would be uncertain for it, and the future like the past, would be present to its eyes.
Page 113 - If the fundamental proposition of evolution is true, that the entire world, living and not living, is the result of the mutual interaction, according to definite laws, of the forces possessed by the molecules of which the primitive nebulosity of the universe was composed, it is no less certain that the existing world lay, potentially, in the cosmic vapour...
Page 52 - To be conscious of Free-will, must mean to be conscious, before I have decided, that I am able to decide either way ; exception may be taken in limine to the use of the word consciousness in such an application. Consciousness tells me what I do or feel. But what I am able to do, is not a subject of consciousness. Consciousness is not prophetic ; wo are conscious of what is, not of what will or can be.
Page 122 - Toute œuvre humaine qui renferme une part d'invention, tout acte volontaire qui renferme une part de liberté, tout mouvement d'un organisme qui manifeste de la spontanéité, apporte quelque chose de nouveau dans le monde.
Page 72 - ... and foreshortened in various ways are images of minds. The idea of nature and the idea of consciousness are two apperceptions or syntheses of the same stuff of experience. The two worlds thus become substantially identical, continuous, and superposable; each can merge insensibly into the other. 'To perceive all the influences of all the points of all bodies would be to sink to the condition of a material object...
Page 100 - When we put back our being into our will, and our will itself into the impulsion it prolongs, we understand, we feel, that reality is a perpetual growth, a creation pursued without end. Our will already performs this miracle.
Page 97 - Bergsonian theory thus supports idealism in making mind the predominant partner in our psycho-physical being. It is realist too. For according to it real persons really perceive a real world.
Page 25 - When the call to arms came seven years ago, I doubt if many young men took a purely rational view of the situation. Very few of our young intellectuals stopped to weigh the

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