Yet finalism is not, like mechanism, a doctrine with fixed rigid outlines.
The point in Bergson's system which seems least in harmony with theistic belief is his criticism and rejection of finalism.
Again, in opposition to finalism he urges the variety of living forms.
M. Bergson's form of finalism depends upon his conception of life.
Mechanism and finalism are therefore, here, only external views of our conduct.
finalism has shrunk to the point of never embracing more than one living being at a time.
The theory we shall put forward in this book will therefore necessarily partake of finalism to a certain extent.
But both mechanism and finalism would leave on one side the movement, which is reality itself.
Mechanism and finalism agree in taking account only of the bright nucleus shining in the centre.
In other words, neither mechanism nor finalism will here be in place, and we must resort to an explanation of a different kind.