All tagged Bergson

Deus ex Machina | Moralism, Obedience, Desires

There is, according to Bergson, a continuous creation of unforeseeable novelty which seems to be going on in the universe. However, the human inclination to posit an original nothingness which precedes being prevents us from asking metaphysical questions that accounts for this novelty, rather we tend to create inert and enclosed images of life that presumes to know what bodies can do.

Crossing Borders

In a recent interview with Swedish television, the French president Emmanuel Macron was asked why young people in Europe are drawn to extremist ideologies and terrorism. In his answer Macron mentioned that there is a crisis within the Islamic religion, which I believe is correct, but what truly stood out for me was when he continued by saying that there is something fundamentally wrong with our European society since young people who are born in our countries are attracted by propaganda exclaimed by extremists and terrorists over the Internet.

The World Produced by the Imagination of God

Henri Bergson writes that humankind suffers from the habit of asking poor metaphysical questions. His claim is that by proceeding from emptiness to fullness; from non-being to being, we raise non-existent problems that imprisons our minds, and consequently prevents us from recognizing the continuous creation of unforeseeable novelty. What is at issue here is the natural proclivity of the human mind to work upon a phantom of duration rather than duration itself. The overwhelming tendency to confuse the less with the more has thus, according to Bergson, resulted in a quest for a supra intelligence outside of time, when in truth our understanding is already disconnected from the mobility of the real.