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By W. Joseph Campbell

A hinge second in fresh American heritage, 1995 was once an excellent 12 months. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, memoirs, archival collections, and information studies, W. Joseph Campbell offers a brilliant, detail-rich portrait of these memorable one year. This ebook bargains clean interpretations of the decisive moments of 1995, together with the emergence of the net and the realm extensive internet in mainstream American lifestyles; the bombing at Oklahoma urban, the deadliest assault of family terrorism in U.S. historical past; the sensational “Trial of the Century,” at which O.J. Simpson confronted fees of double homicide; the U.S.-brokered negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, which ended the Bosnian battle, Europe’s such a lot vicious clash because the Nazi period; and the 1st encounters on the White apartment among invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a liaison that culminated in a beautiful scandal and the spectacle of the president’s impeachment and trial. As Campbell demonstrates during this soaking up chronicle, 1995 used to be a yr of impressive occasions, a watershed on the flip of the millennium. the consequences of that pivotal yr reverberate nonetheless, marking the shut of 1 century and the dawning of one other.

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But here, experience is immanent subjective experience reconceived as the duration. The duration completes the reversal of Platonism and shows the true meaning of the modern elevation of the soul. The Bergsonian duration transforms the concept of immanence. We have moved beyond Cartesianism. Let us again examine the Bergsonian duration. As we saw in the “Summary-Commentary” in “Introduction to Metaphysics,” Bergson says that the duration consists in “a multiplicity like no other” (CENT: 1402/ CM: 168; my emphasis).

The Real Duration We just saw that psychological analysis results in the “illusion” of what the self is: immobile elements and their expressions. The illusion also results in an unreal duration insofar as objective time (clock time) represents change as spatial and homogeneous: the thing moves through time means 2 6 · E a r ly T w e n t i e t h- C e n t u ry C o n t i n e n ta l P h i l o s op h y that the same thing occupies different points (CENT: 1411–12/CM: 179). For Bergson, however, there is no psychical state that does not change at every instant, since there is no consciousness without memory, since there is “no continuation of a state without the addition, to the present feeling, of the memory of past moments” (CENT: 1411/CM: 179).

Being unique, the duration cannot be conceived by means of resemblances and comparisons. It is even inexpressible (CENT: 1395/CM: 161). Nevertheless, we are able to get closer to what duration is by means of images (CENT: 1355–56/CM: 118). For Bergson, images are intermediary between intuition 2 0 · E a r ly T w e n t i e t h- C e n t u ry C o n t i n e n ta l P h i l o s op h y and the elaboration of the intuition in words and concepts (CENT: 1347/ CM: 109). Here, in “Introduction to Metaphysics,” Bergson provides three images.

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