The Philosophy of Change

The Philosophy of Change : A Study of the Fundamental Principle of the Philosophy of Bergson

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Probably no one can read M. Bergson without feeling the fascination of his style and the persuasiveness of his apt imagery; and the same is true of his chief disciple and expounder in this country. Mr. Carr gives us a sincere and careful account of the new philosophy as he sees it, emphasising its fundamental stress on change, and pointing out that with regard to science it is neither contemptuous like Hegelianism nor degraded to a servile coordinator as in the positivism of Comte and Spencer, but is equal and friendly, bringing a new method of its own for the attainment of further truth. This intuitional method requires a great effort at the outset, he admits; for it involves a turning away from the intellectual methods of the last 2500 years. After reading this book of Mr. Carr's and the whole of M. Bergson's published writings, one reviewer at least feels that while M. Bergson is undoubtedly trying to express what is very real and true to him - and doing it in beautiful language - the thing is difficult and almost impossible, because the philosophy consists of an attitude, so to speak - or of a vividness of personal experience, which is incommunicable. Mr. Carr denies that it is mystical, and, taking some senses of that much abused word, he is no doubt right; but it is mystical in its anti-conceptualism, and is essentially allied to various Oriental systems. It is a grafting of East on West, including the excellences of both. Perhaps at bottom it is a release from old fetters rather than a new doctrine. A heterodoxy does its chief good not by bringing new truth, but by cancelling out old error, and allowing the mind to go forward unencumbered. -Nature, Volume 95 [1915]show more

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 313g
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  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1514687909
  • 9781514687901