A Quintet

Book “Debt & Penance” 

The developing of one is to be considered a vegetative, instinctive and rational life, 3 successive degrees and should not be seen as differences of intensity or degree ~ Aristotle ~ but as 3 different directions ~ Bergson !”

 “More precisely intelligence is before anything else, the faculty of relating one point of space to another, one material object to another; it applies to all things, but remains outside them.”

“A language is required which makes it possible to be always passing from what is known to what is yet to be known.”

Some psycho-sophers that are gathered by me. What are the similarities of these famous 5 ?

When watching an old debate about “Human Nature” between Foucault and Chomsky ~ in 1971 ~ I recognized lots of analogy the way Steiner and Jung discussed the way mankind and his or her way in developing consciousness.


The content of Chomsky reminded me to Bergson’s book “Creative evolution” although he used other terms and words. At first it is important to realize what Bergson meant with instinct, intelligence, intuition and sympathy.

It appeared that it would be easier to change 2 words into verbs in the use of processes, namely intuition and sympathy into intuiting ~ introspective ~ and sympathizing ~ extraspective characterized.

Here the “normal” words are instinct and intelligence. Since Bergson was a quite well educated biologist, to him the great difference between flora and fauna was the word “mobility”. That’s also where we see the difference between an animal and human; intelligence :”forms of (spatial) points that can be brought together”. In other words : ”the degree of solving potential that distinguishes mankind above the animal, the primate”. This word he used as a starting point for explaining the differences between instinct and intelligence. Instinct implies a static reservoir of values that can be consulted in a reflective way; it has often to do with survival and avoiding pain and (any) damage. It needs no intelligence in a “mobile or dynamic way” of thinking but only an immediate acting; the process of in-tuiting or consulting basic values.

Sympathy implies an extraspective process; more precisely. Intelligence is, before anything else, the faculty of relating one point of space to another, one material object to another. It applies to all things, but remains outside them. Here Bergson used explicitly and often the word “faculty” in his book where I use the word “intelligence” in my former books with its meaning being “the potential to be actualized”. Although sympathy may also rely on instinctive values ~ in a more emotional dimension like e.g. pain and joy. Besides of these small exceptions it seems that intuition and sympathy have their processes in opposite directions.

Also another addition may be that knowledge ~ properly so called and reserved to pure intelligence ~ intuition may enable us to grasp what it is that intelligence fails to give us and indicate the means of supplementing it. That’s why I proposed to consider the intelligence as a spectre, where the intuition is the integral energetic intelligence of all kind of intelligences. Please recognize the possibility to empower general intelligence by intuition.

Coming back to my introduction of the 4 plus one psycho~sophers I refer to Will McWhinney and also to Ken Wilber. Let me explain this to you. McWhinney we know of his “4 World Views” in some analogy with MBTI derived from Jung’s knowledge. Wilber we know about his 4 divisions as explained in my former books; we talked about plurality ~ “Community” ~ and singularity ~ “Individuality” ~ furthermore extended into “We and Its” and “I and It”. Foucault and Jung both approach mankind from this collectivum ~ you even may say “culture” ~ where Steiner and Chomsky approach mankind from this individuation ~ you may say “individual identity


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October 5, 2013 · 1:17 pm

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