Life v concepts, ‘the tongue of Reality’


Alluding to the American philosopher William James:

“For him the perceptual flux bears a clearer impress of reality on it than the dead concept. He is right in claiming superior consideration for the movement, change and novelty of concrete life over the concepts; for the former are the direct manifestations of Life, while the concepts are the manufacture of the intellect with which Life has provided itself as the organ merely of the understanding. Life supplies the gold, the material; and the concepts are the intellectual moulds in which it is cast, so as to assume the shape of the manifold percepts of the concrete world. But, even so, the dumb percepts cannot do without concepts which serve as the tongue of Reality.”

K.A. Krishnaswamy Iyer

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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