Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ethics, politics and neo-vitalism

Against the Grain Radio Program, Mon 9.17.12.  Suzanne Guerlac on Bergson and the Open Society

We feel a connection to family and to nation -- but what about to all of humanity and, beyond that, to every living being? Henri Bergson wondered how we could move from an us-versus-them mentality to what he called the open society. He also drew a distinction between the body made swollen by our consumption patterns and the relatively shrunken human soul. Suzanne Guerlac explains and assesses Bergson's ideas. 

HT dmf for the link HERE containing some good commentary on how neo-vitalism may appropriate Bergson to think about issues in politics, ethics, and religion.