May 20, 2007

Sri Aurobindo has no horror of substance

[Whitehead’s naturalism, therefore, is a weak spot in his philosophy of organism and takes away a good deal from its value. But the greatest weakness that we find in his philosophy is that it is a structure that hangs in mid-air, having neither a foundation nor any roof. The whole difficulty here is caused by his repugnance of the notion of substance which has developed into a sort of phobia…
Here Sri Aurobindo is in a better position. He has no horror of substance, and does not feel therefore the need of having a double set of principles, one ideal and one actual, to correct their mutual deficiencies.]
From The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo’s Philosophy
by S.K. Maitra Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publications Department (1988)
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