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Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysicsby Henri Louis Bergson
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This masterly autobiography of Bergson's philosophical method: how he became a philosopher, why he is a philosopher, and what philosophy must be These, the man and his work, constitute a definitive critique of philosophy.
"The Creative Mind", the last of Henri Bergson's works to be published, is a masterly autobiography of his philosophical method: how he became a philosopher, why he is a philosopher, and what philosophy must be. These, the man and his work, compose a definite critique of philosophy. His skill is matched by his intensity: his "calling" shines through on every page.
Until philosophy leaves its false paths, Bergson demonstrates, it will remain a wordy dialectic, a beating of false problems, and it will never become a search for truth. How this search is to be undertaken is carefully outlined by the author. He builds as he destroys, using the rubble of the old to build the new. His is a philosophy on the move, the rationale of man's spiritual drive, the mind gathering strength from its mastery of the of the material world to contemplate itself, to find at the core of intuition the moving element of discovery and free the possessive sense of novelty. Life is to be grasped in handfuls, but with the sure grasp of discipline.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Retrograde movement of the true growth of truth. Stating the problems — The possible and the real — Philosophical intuition — The perception of change — Introduction to metaphysics — The philosophy of Claude Bernard — On the pragmatism of William James: truth and reality — The life and work of Ravaisson.
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