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What's the nature of time? This new examine engages with the philosophy of Henri Bergson on time and proposes a brand new mind set concerning the results of destiny occasions at the previous. based on Bergson, time is an crucial characteristic of genuine issues, simply up to their fabric or dimension. whilst a flower grows, it takes a interval of actual time for it to flourish, which can't be quickened or bogged down, nor can it's eradicated from the method of progress. Bergson named this actual time 'duration' and argued that every thing and everybody exist as period, and that inner tactics circulate each other, without transparent obstacles that separate one part of length from one other. in line with Bergson's philosophy, the earlier doesn't disappear yet easily flows into the current, forming an indivisible dynamic team spirit. yet what if the causal circulation of temporal truth isn't unidirectional? What if not just prior occasions effect destiny ones, yet destiny ones of their flip have retrospective influence on earlier occurrences? the writer of this booklet analyses those key questions, asserts that the changeability of the previous follows from Bergson's concept of time and proposes a concept of embodied time that consists of the retrospective enrichment of fact.

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C. Smart, ‘Mind and Brain’, in Richard Warner and Tadeusz Szubka, eds, The Mind-Body Problem: A Guide to the Current Debate (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997), 20). For an explanation of various usages of the term ‘imagination’ see Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (London: Hutchinson, 1969), 245–79.  35–6). In other words, what we perceive is the superficial image taken out of the context of the relations it has with other objects.  36). To reinforce this view, Bergson makes the following explicit declaration.

They appear as much a quality as, say, colour or weight. 4 4 Naturally, Bergson’s treatment of space attracted a lot of criticism. Russell refuses to take Bergson’s theory of time and space seriously: ‘His doctrine of space is required for his condemnation of the intellect, and if he fails in his condemnation of intellect, the intellect will succeed in its condemnation of him, for between the two it is war to the knife’ (Russell, The Philosophy of Bergson, 12–13). H. Wildon Carr, by and large sympathetic to Bergson, nevertheless disapprovingly comments: ‘[I]n this theory the idea of the reality of time excludes the possibility of the reality of space’ 24 Chapter 2 4 Duration as Consciousness Duration appears to be the key term defining conscious phenomena and consciousness per se, but it also refers to time and motion, and we need to find out how time, motion and consciousness participate in each other’s existence.

42 Chapter 3 Thus the continuity of existence is seen by Bergson in the following terms. 6 The role of our mind consists not in confronting reality as a subject but prolonging it in a de-materialized form as known and, later, as remembered. 3 Duration as Memory As I have observed, the principal role of perception in Bergson is to provide a stimulus for one’s actions. But the action ef fected in response is not the only possible action but the action chosen by the individual as the most suitable under the given circumstances.

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