Translated by R. Ashley Audra and Cloudesley BreretonWith the assistance of W. Horsfall Carter
Henri Bergson inquires into the nature of moral obligation, into the place of religion and the purpose it has served since primitive times, into static religion and its value in preserving man from the dangers of his own intelligence; into dynamic religion or mysticism as a means of producing man’s forward leap beyond the limits of the closed society for which nature intended him and into the open society which is the brotherhood of man.
“The book is filled with extraordinary illustration and, as always in Bergson, exact and luminous metaphor.” — Journal of Philosophy
“Fresh and living . . . this translation is first-rate.” — New Statesman & Nation
“Exquisitely simple . . . the English version startles one by its sheer beauty. Here is a volume crowning a series of philosophical works which have molded the thinking of a whole generation.” — Christian Century
“This book is so rich with historical, poetical, and human illustration, so packed with repeated psychological subtleties and dreaming precisions, that to miss it is to miss, as Bergson says of the prophets and Christian mystics, one of the voices of Life itself.” — Catholic World
“This book offers pleasurable access to an important way of thinking which dominant analytic and linguistic philosophical traditions in England and America have eclipsed, and which nonetheless still has current expression in many forms throughout contemporary culture.” — Reprint Bulletin