TIME AND FREE WILL: An essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness

TIME AND FREE WILL: An essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness

by Henri Bergson, F. L. Pogson

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Contents:

THE INTENSITY OF PSYCHIC STATES
Quantitative differences applicable to magnitudes but not to intensities; Attempt to estimate intensities by objective causes or atomic movements; Different kinds of intensities; Deepseated psychic states: desire hope joy and sorrow; Aesthetic feelings: grace beauty music poetry art; Moral feelings pity;; Conscious states involving physical symptoms: muscular effort attention and muscular tension; Violent emotions : rage fear; Affective sensations: pleasure and pain disgust; Representative sensations : and external causes sensation of sound intensity pitch and muscular effort sensations of heat and cold sensations of pressure and weight sensation of light photometric experiments Delboeuf's experiments; Psychophysics: Weber and Fechner Delboeuf the mistake of regarding sensations as magnitudes; Intensity in representative affective states intensity and multiplicity.

THE MULTIPLICITY OF CONSCIOUS STATES; THE IDEA OF DURATION
Number and its units number and accompanying intuition of space; Two kinds of multiplicity of material objects and conscious states impenetrability of matter homogeneous time and pure' duration; Space and its contents empirical theories of space intuition of empty homogeneous medium peculiar to man time as homogeneous medium reducible to space; Duration succession and space pure duration;; Is duration measurable ?; Is motion measurable ?; Paradox of the Eleatics; Duration and simultaneity; Velocity and simultaneity; Space alone homogeneous duration and succession belong to conscious mind; Two kinds of multiplicity qualitative and quantitative superficial psychic states invested with discontinuity of their external causes these eliminated real duration is felt as a quality; The two aspects of the self on the surface well-defined conscious states deeper down states which interpenetrate and form organic whole solidifying influence of language on sensation analysis distorts the feelings deeper conscious states forming a part of ourselves; Problems soluble only by recourse to the concrete and living self.

THE ORGANIZATION OF CONSCIOUS STATES; FREE WILL
Dynamism and mechanism; Two kinds of determinism; Physical determinism : and molecular theory of matter and conservation of energy if conservation universal physiological and nervous phenomena necessitated but perhaps not conscious states but is principle of con conversation universal ? it may not apply to living beings and conscious states idea of its universality depends on confusion between concrete duration and abstract time;Psychological determinism; implies associationist conception of mind this involves defective conception of self; The free act: freedom as expressing the fundamental self; Real duration and contingency: could our act have been different ? geometrical representation of process of coming to a decision the fallacies to which it leads determinists and libertarians; Real duration and prediction : conditions of Paul's prediction of Peter's action (I) being Peter knowing already his final act g the three fallacies involved astronomical prediction depends on hypothetical acceleration of movements duration cannot be thus accelerated; Real duration and causality : the law " same antecedents same consequents" causality as regular succession causality as prefiguring: two kinds prefiguring as mathematical preexistence; implies nonduration but we endure and therefore may be free prefiguring as having idea of future act to be realized by effort; does not involve determinism determinism results from confusing these two senses; Freedom real but indefinable.

CONCLUSION
States of self perceived through forms borrowed from external world; Intensity as quality; Duration as qualitative multiplicity; No duration in the external world; Extensity and duration must be separated; Only the fundamental self free; Kant's mistaken idea of time as homogeneous hence he put the self which is free outside both space and time; Duration is heterogeneous relation of psychic state to act is unique and act is free.

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BN ID: 2940012044105
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 01/02/2011
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