By J. Alexander Gunn, Aeterna Press
The purpose of this little paintings is sensible, and it's placed forth within the wish that it can be invaluable to the final reader and to the scholar of philosophy as an creation and advisor to the research of Bergson?s idea.
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With a little will one can do much if one places the will in the right direction. For this force of will which is the essence of the soul or personality has these exceptional characteristics, that its intensity depends on its direction, and that its quality may become the creator of quantity. ] The brain and the body in general are instruments of the soul. The brain orients the mind toward action, it is the point of attachment between the spirit and its material environment. It is like the point of a knife to the bladeit enables it to penetrate into the realm of action or, to give another of Bergson's metaphors, it is like the prow of the ship, enabling the soul to penetrate the billows of reality.
P. 132). " If we act rightly we shall act freely, and yet be determined. Yet here there will be no contradiction, for we shall be self−determined. It is only the man who is self−determined that can in any sense be said to know the meaning of "human" Freedom. " Liberty is not absolute, for then we ourselves would be at the beck and call of every external excitation, desire, passion, or temptation. Our salvation consists in self−determination, so we shall avoid licence but preserve Freedom. " CHAPTER VIII.
Pp. ] Time is falsely assumed to have just as much reality for a living being as for an hour−glass. But if Time does nothing, it is nothing. It is, however, in Bergson's view, vital to the whole of the universe. He expressly denies that la duree is merely subjective; the universe "endures" as a whole. In Time and Free Will it did not seem to matter whether we regarded our inner life as having duree or as actually being duree. In the first instance, if we have duree it is then only an aspect of reality, but if our personality itself is duree, then Time is reality itself.
Bergson and His Philosophy by J. Alexander Gunn, Aeterna Press