E. Belfort Bax July 1909

Bergson and Bax

Source: New Age, 8 July 1909, p. 226;
Transcribed: by Ted Crawford.

Referring to Mr. Hulme’s article on Bergson, will you give me space for a word of personal explanation?

One or two of my friends have remarked on a similarity in certain of the broad principles enunciated by Bergson in L'Evolution Créatrice and certain of the fundamental positions in my Roots of Reality, reviewed by you in THE NEW AGE about a year ago.

If this is the case, I may say not only that I have not as yet read L'Evolution Créatrice, an assertion which, of course, rests on my word alone, but I would also point out as regards any question of priority, that the whole of the main contentions advanced in the Roots of Reality are to be found in a cruder and abbreviated form in a little book (now out of print), entitled The Problem of Reality, and published by Messrs. Sonnenschein in 1891 or 1892, I forget which, that is, before M. Bergson’s name was known, and years before the publication of L'Evolution Créatrice.