December 18, 2006

Memory is spirit, not a manifestation of matter

Henri Bergson Matter and Memory Summary and Conclusion
translated by Nancy Margaret Paul and W. Scott Palmer. The Mead Project
The body an instrument of action only

Perception and memory. the physical and the mental, are not mere duplicates of each other

The mistake is due to our believing that perception and memory are pure knowledge, whereas they point to action

Perception gives us "things-in-themselves."

The mistake is to set up homogeneous space as a real or even ideal medium prior to extension

Real action and virtual action. Transition to affection and memory

Memory is spirit, not a manifestation of matter


The different planes of consciousness

Associationism and general ideas

The union of body and soul

Three oppositions: Extension, Tension, Freedom and necessity

Spirit borrows from matter the perceptions on which it feeds, and restores them to matter in the form of movements which it has stamped with its own freedom.

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