By Guy Davenport
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"Connoisseurs of paintings, heritage, faith, and literature will enjoy this fantastic selection of ten tales by way of one in every of America's such a lot erudite writers. even if the tone is frequently playful, Davenport layers every one tale with quite a few allusions and particularly vague meanings that maybe in basic terms the main scholarly readers will absolutely relish. an excellent instance is "Meleager,'' within which the sexual play of 2 boys is juxtaposed with descriptions of geometry. one other is "And,'' a snippet (nine paragraphs) of a parable during which Jesus scatters seeds on a river. extra gratifying are the longer stories, particularly "O Gadjo Niglo,'' a touching love tale advised via Eros, and "Gunner and Nikolai,'' with its shock finishing. Male sexuality is the foremost topic, one the writer offers with gentle yet in actual fact severe purpose. The title--a tale in itself--is taken from Falstaff's demise imaginative and prescient, encouraged by means of the twenty third Psalm. It makes a so much becoming image for this most original and ingenious assortment. hugely recommended."
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Freedom resides outside time and space; it has been assigned to the domain of ethics. Ironically, Bergson thus accuses Kant of doing exactly what so many of Bergson’s own critics accuse him of doing. However, the difference between Kant’s approach to freedom and Bergson’s lies first in the fact that for Bergson freedom is inseparable from the world of experience—the absolute lies not outside our lived experience, but firmly within it. Second, and perhaps more crucially, to grasp the truth of this fact requires a radical re-conceptualization of thinking itself and that re-conceptualization has been achieved through a rigorous philosophical method.
89, emphasis in original). Casey reminds us that Time and Free Will was written almost simultaneously with Bergson’s thesis. It is in Pure Perception that Bergson’s system most obviously displays its debt to concrete extension. in perception) consciousness is dependent on concrete extension—or more properly, on a singular place: perception is “contingent upon the positioning of my body in the ensemble of the material world” (229). That unique positioning—place—yields a Bergson’s Matter and Memory: From Time to Space 31 unique perception.
Unfortunately, in this passage, Bergson precisely binds the two spaces together, and in a relationship of container (inert space) to contained (concrete extension): he says, in other words, that real concrete locations are held in place by an abstract space which acts as their background; put another way, “spatialized” space underlies “real” space. It seems implausible that this is what Bergson wants to say. One cannot imagine him claiming that clock time subtends Bergson’s Matter and Memory: From Time to Space 33 duration.
A Table of Green Fields: Ten Stories by Guy Davenport