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Jankélévitch presents Bergson’s idea that the plenitude of life contradicts the absurd idea that the Nothing is the smallest conceivable existence from which the real could be pieced together. Something always precedes nothing, in human thought and action as in the cosmos. Bergson’s creation is thus neither a creation ex nihilo nor a mechanical fabrication or rearrangement of old elements. It is a continually inventive immanence, an always-beginning improvisation among the innumerable plenitude of the real. Jankélévitch concludes the chapter by arguing that only intuition captures duration, movement, and the free act as pure and original facts that justify themselves by their mere presence, and dispels the illusory perspective of finality, disorder, and indifference that gives rise to skepticism.

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