RICHARD BERNSTEIN

 

"Here I am—I believe in a kind of radical contingency, and if there’s radical contingency, then there is a possibility of difference. That’s always the case, and I think that’s what real action is: that what seems fantastic, impossible, improbable, everything against it, and then, it can sometimes happen, but the thing you have to resist, whether you’re going to put it in a sophisticated or less sophisticated way—that there’s a sense of fatalism, that it’s rigged, a bad kind of determinism, that there is nothing, that it’s all façade, that it’s all epiphenomenal—that I think, on metaphysical and ontological grounds I want to reject."