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Taking up Bergson’s arguments in Matter and Memory, this chapter discusses the relationships between mind and brain, memory and perception, and spirit and matter. Jankélévitch argues that, for Bergson, the mind always proceeds in a circle, via the self, and combines two inverse currents, the spiritual and the physical, memory and matter. We must take this dualism seriously, he says, in order to remain on the proper level, attend to the new we encounter, and pay heed to our memory’s sympathy with the real.

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