bergson mind-energy - PROFESSOR J.S.WILL M I N D-E N E R G...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–12. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: PROFESSOR J.S.WILL M I N D-E N E R G Y LECTURES AND ESSAYS BY HENRI BERGSON MEMBER OP THE FRENCH ACADEMY PROFESSOR IN THB COLLEGE DB FRANCE TRANSLATED BY H. WILDON CARR HON. D.LiTT. PROFESSOR IV THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON NEW YORK HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY 1920 COPYRIGHT, 1920 BY HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY 3 , , v12 L 874385 TRANSLATOR S PREFACE THIS volume of Lectures and Essays is an English edition of L Energie spirituelle. It is not simply an approved and authorized translation, for M. Bergson has gone carefully with me into details of meaning and expression in order to give it the same authority as the original French. The separate articles here collected and selected are, partly lectures in exposition of philosophical theory, jpartly Hfta-ilgd psychological investigation and metaphysical research. The publication of the vol ume was in preparation when the war broke out and interrupted the work. The principle on which the articles are selected is indicated in the title, Mind-\Energy. They are chosen by M. Bergson with j the view of illustrating his concept that j-eality is fundamentally, a spiritual activity. A second series is to follow illustrating his theory of philosophic method. The subject title, Mind-Energy, will recall the title, Mind-Stuff, which W. K. Clifford in a lecture many years ago employed to denote a new theory of consciousness. Since that day a change almost amount-I ing to a revolution has overtaken the general concept VI PREFACE of the nature of physical reality. This is due to the development of the electro-magnetic theory of matter. In modern physics we may say that the old concept of [ stuff has been completely displaced by the new concept of radiant energy. An analogous change has gradu ally meanwhile pervaded the whole science of psy chology. In recent years we have witnessed the open ing up of a new and long-unsuspected realm of fact to scientific investigation, the unconscious mind. The very term seemed to the older philosophy to imply a latent contradiction, today it is a simple general de scription of recognized phenomena. Just as a dyna mic concept of physical reality has replaced the older static concept in the mathematical sciences, and as this has long found expression in the term energy, so a dynamic concept of psychical reality has replaced the older concept of mind which identified it with aware ness or consciousness, and the physical analogy suggests energy as the most expressive term for it. In affirm ing Mind-Energy the intention is not to include the activity of mind in the system of radiant energy which constitutes the science of physics. On the contrary, what is intended is that the science of mind, quite as much as the science of matter, can only be constituted by means of a concept which allows of the formulation of a law of conservation. Mind is not a phenomenon which flares up out of nothing and relapses into noth ing, it can only be understood when it is conceived as PREFACE vii a continuity of existence,...
View Full Document

Page1 / 282

bergson mind-energy - PROFESSOR J.S.WILL M I N D-E N E R G...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 12. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online