Sunday, 27 December 2009

Bergson's final wish

I had forgotten this:
My reflections... have led me closer and closer to Catholicism, in which I see the complete fulfilment of Judaism. I would have become a convert had I not seen in preparation for years the formidable wave of anti-Semitism which is to break upon the world. I wanted to remain among those who tomorrow will be persecuted. But I hope that a Catholic priest will consent, if the Cardinal Archbishop of Parish authorizes it, to come to say prayers at my funeral. (From the will of Henri Bergson.)
This was done.

Tomlin, The Great Philosophers: The Western World (London: Sheffinton & Son) 273.

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