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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... that point we are seeking. In short, we
possess even now a certain number of lines of fads, which do not go
as far as we want, but which we can prolong hypothetically. I wish
to follow out some of these with you. Each, taken apart, will lead
us only to a conclusion which is simply probable; but taking them
all together, they will, by their convergence, bring before us such
an accumulation of probabilities that we shall feel on the road to
certitude. Moreover, we shall come nearer and nearer to it through
the joint effort of philosophers who will become partners. For, in
this view, philosophy is no longer a construction, the systematic
work of a single thinker. It needs, and unceasingly calls for,
corrections and re-touches. It progresses like positive science.
Like it, too, it is a work of collaboration. The first line or
direction which I invite you to follow is this. When we speak of
mind we mean, above everything else, consciousness. What is
consciousness? There is no need to define so familiar a thing,
something which is continually present in every one's experience. I
will not give a definition, for that would be less clear than the
thing itself; I will characterize consciousness by its most obvious
feature: it means, before everything else, memory. Memory may lack
amplitude; it may embrace but a feeble part of the past; it may
retain only what is just happening; but memory is there, or there
is no consciousness. A consciousness unable to conserve its past,
forgetting itself unceasingly, would be a consciousness perishing
and having to be reborn at each moment: and what is this but
unconsciousness? When Leibniz said of matter that it is " a
momentary mind," did he not declare it, whether he would or no,
insensible? All consciousness, then, is memor...
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