Bergson, Henri - Time and Free Will - On classes and names
Type of Spiritual Experience
This is all about classes and entity types - the underlying notion of classes of things, and for this reason I have added the concept of the Intelligence and Intelligence hierarchy as well as the names.
Implicit also is the notion of the World soul as the container for individuals of the class
A description of the experience
Henri Bergson – Time and Free Will
It is not enough to say that number is a collection of units; we must add that these units are identical with one another, or at least that they are assumed to be identical when they are counted.
No doubt we can count the sheep in a flock and say that there are fifty, although they are all different from one another and are easily recognised by the shepherd; but the reason is that we agree in that case to neglect their individual differences and to take into account only what they have in common.
On the other hand, as soon as we fix our attention on the particular features of objects or individuals, we can of course make an enumeration of them, but not a total. We place ourselves at these two very different points of view when we count the soldiers in a battalion and when we call the roll.
Hence we may conclude that the idea of number implies the simple intuition of multiplicity of parts or units, which are absolutely alike. And yet they must be somehow distinct from one another, since otherwise they would merge into a single unit