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Rene' Schwaller de Lubixz And The Intelligence of the Heart

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« on: November 12, 2007, 06:36:09 pm »

Early Years, Bergson, and Matisse

Schwaller's father was a chemist--apparently wealthy--and the young RenÚ grew up in a world of science, nature and art. Dreamy walks in the Alsatian forests followed hours spent painting and "experimenting." He also had two peculiar experiences.

In 1894, at the age of seven, Schwaller had a kind of mystical insight into the nature of the divine. This glimpse of metaphysical reality would return seven years later when, at fourteen, he experienced another insight, this one into matter. "What is the origin of matter?" the budding metaphysician asked himself. The question occupied him the rest of his life.

In his late teens, Schwaller left home and went to Paris. He studied painting under Henri Matisse, who at that time was deeply influenced by the work of the most famous philosopher of the age, Henri Bergson.

Today Bergson gets little more than a mention in books on the history of philosophy, but in the years before World War I he was world-known, immensely influential for his philosophy of intuition. Bergson argued against the static, mechanistic perception of the world, in favor of a living vital participation with its essence, the famous Úlan vital or life force.

He was also something of a mystic. In one of his last books, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932), written after his popularity had declined, Bergson made his famous remark that the universe was a machine for "making gods," a formulation Schwaller would not have found much fault with.
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