Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Human Condition and Life Divine

[There are numerous reasons for Bergson's disappearance from the philosophical scene after World War II… Sartre and Merleau-Ponty became interested in Husserlian phenomenology, and then in Heidegger's thought… On the other hand, there is the mysticism of The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932). The striking religious tone of this book did not harmonize well with Husserl's phenomenology, which aimed to be a rigorous science.] Leonard Lawlor - Henri Bergson (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

[Because of his Jewish ancestors, Husserl became more and more humiliated and isolated. In 1935 he gave a series of invited lectures in Prague, resulting in his last major work, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology.] Christian Beyer - Edmund Husserl (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Two Sources and The Crisis are twin-towers of 20th Century as they contain the mature perceptions of two foremost thinkers integrating philosophical insights with sociological thought. Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, too, appeared by the end of the same decade as also André Malraux’s novel The Human Condition (1933). SR/OOO is attempting to reinvent Bergson, Husserl, and Whitehead by presenting them in a different angle but a lot depends how it anchors the overall ontological scenario to human aspiration and destiny. [TNM55]

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