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The Bergsonian Mind

Edited by: Mark Sinclair , Yaron Wolf

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367074333
eBook ISBN: 9780429020735
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Henri Bergson (1859?1941) is widely regarded as one of the most original and important philosophers of the twentieth century. His work explored a rich panoply of subjects, including time, memory, free will and humour and we owe the popular term élan vital to a fundamental insight of Bergson?s. His books provoked responses from some of the leading thinkers and philosophers of his time, including Albert Einstein, William James and Bertrand Russell, and he is acknowledged as a fundamental influence on Marcel Proust.

The Bergsonian Mind is an outstanding, wide-ranging volume covering the major aspects of Bergson?s thought, from his early influences to his continued relevance and legacy. Thirty-six chapters by an international team of leading Bergson scholars are divided into five clear parts:

  • Sources and Scene
  • Mind and World
  • Ethics and Politics
  • Reception
  • Bergson and Contemporary Thought.

In these sections fundamental topics are examined, including time, freedom and determinism, memory, perception, evolutionary theory, pragmatism and art. Bergson?s impact beyond philosophy is also explored in chapters on Bergson and spiritualism, physics, biology, cinema and post-colonial thought.

An indispensable resource for anyone in Philosophy studying and researching Bergson?s work, The Bergsonian Mind will also interest those in related disciplines, such as Literature, Religion, Sociology and French Studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The roots of Bergson's concept of duration reconsidered Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Bergson vs. Herbert Spencer Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Bergson at the Collège de France Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Duration Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Bergson on the immediate experience of time Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The perception of change and self-knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Kantian basis of Bergson's conception of freedom Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Character and personality Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Subject and person in Bergson Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Attention to life and psychopathology Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Bergson on the emotions Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Bergson's social philosophy of laughter Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The naïve realism of Henri Bergson Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Bergson and metaphysical empiricism Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The psychological interpretation of life Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Bergson on virtuality and possibility Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Bergsonian metaphysics Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Reflections on the notion of system in Creative Evolution  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Infinite divisibility vs. absolute indivisibility Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Closed and open societies Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Bergson on emotion and ethical mobilization Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Bergson and sociobiology Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The phantom presence of war in Bergson's Two Sources  Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Bergson and William James Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Bergson and German philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The vital impulse and early 20th-century biology Download PDF
Chapter  27:  From time to temporality Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Russell reading Bergson Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The concept of substitution in Bergson and Lévinas Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The way of the Africans Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Irreducibility, indivisibility, and interpenetration Download PDF
Chapter  32:  A Bergsonian response to McTaggart's paradox Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Bergson and process philosophy of biology Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Bergson as visionary in evolutionary biology Download PDF
Chapter  35:  ‘Living pictures' Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Anti-intellectualism Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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