chapter  3
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Henri Bergson: The Liberation of Will From Intelligence

RatherthancharacterizeSorelasananti-intellectual,itmightbe moreprudenttonotethathesimplyexpandedtheintellectualist idealtoarationalstudyofirrationalfactorsinhumanbehaviour.It iscertainthattotheextentSoreltookandappliedLeBon'swork seriously,hecouldnolongerremainaffiliatedwithanymassmovement-evenoneprofessingthecollectiveemancipationfrompolitics. LeBon'scharactersketchesofirrationalmancomplementedPellouder'scritiqueoftheirrationalState.WhatremainedforSorelwas todiscoverageneralmotorforceinthesocialstructurewhichcould completeaphilosophicalpictureofthewaymenbehave.