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Or, more precisely, I would say, the inferior and superior objects are in a certain sense in me because our or my psychological 34 Bergson and Phenomenology duration is a composite part of the duration; my psychological duration is in the whole duration. Following the interlocking composite parts that are for one another, we ‘indefinitely,’ Bergson says, ‘dilate ourselves by a more and more vigorous effort and in both cases [both upward and downward] we transcend [transcendons] ourselves’ (PM 187/1419).
Heidegger, Basic Problems of Phenomenology, trans. A. Hofstadter (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988), 231–2. -P. Sartre, Imagination, trans. F. Williams (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1962), 40. E. Casey, ‘Habitual Body and Memory in Merleau-Ponty,’ Man and World 17 (1984): 279–97. M. Merleau-Ponty, The Structure of Behavior, trans. L. Fisher (Pittsburgh: Duquense University Press, 1983), 176. M. Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, trans. C. 2. See also M. Merleau-Ponty, The Incarnate Subject: Malebranche, Biran, and Bergson on the Union of Body and Soul, trans.
4 The real duration We have seen that psychological analysis results in a schema or concept (in the literal sense), which is immobile, for example, the schema of a simple sensation. However, we have also seen that there is no psychic state which does not change at every instant, since there is no consciousness without memory, since there is ‘no continuation of a state without the addition, to the present feeling, of the memory of past moments’ (PM 179/1411). This is Bergson’s definition of the duration: the continuous life of a memory [une mémoire] which prolongs the past into the present, whether the present distinctly encloses the ever-growing An Introduction to Bergson’s ‘Introduction to Metaphysics’ 33 image of the past, or whether, by its continual changing of quality, it attests rather the increasingly heavy burden dragged along behind one the older one grows.
Bergson and Phenomenology by Michael R. Kelly (eds.)