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

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

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

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

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This book is the outcome of a course of lectures on "The Philosophy of Bergson" delivered in the University of London. The title "The Philosophy of Change" was suggested to me by M. Bergson himself as a sub-title for the little volume on his philosophy in The People's Books.1 It emphasises the fundamental principle of the new philosophy, the principle that change is original.

It seems to me that our present generation is witnessing a wide extension of science in directions unimagined by, and inconceivable to, the last generation. In two directions especially experiment is opening up realms of reality the existence of which has until now been unsuspected, and the discovery of which is probably destined to widen immeasurably the horizon of human knowledge and thereby increase indefinitely human power. One of these new realms of reality may be fitly described as the world beyond the atom, the other is the spiritual (or mental, if that word is preferred) reality revealed in the new method and science of psychoanalysis. The Philosophy of Change is in

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