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The Bergsonian Mind

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ISBN 9780367074333
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
584 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 humor 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 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. 36 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 and aesthetics. Bergson’s impact beyond philosophy is also explored in chapters on Bergson and spiritualism, modernism, Proust 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

Introduction Mark Sinclair and Yaron Wolf

Part 1: Sources and Scene

1. The Roots of Bergson’s Concept of Duration Reconsidered Mark Sinclair

2. Bergson vs Herbert Spencer: Real Becoming and False Evolutionism Heike Delitz

3. Bergson at the Collège de France Céline Surprenant

Part 2: Mind and World

4. Duration: A Fluid Concept Susanne Guerlac

5. Bergson on the Immediate Experience of Time Yaron Wolf

6. The Perception of Change and Self-Knowledge: Bergson and Kant Yaron Senderowicz

7. On Freedom: Bergson after Kant Matt Barnard

8. Character and Personality: From a Privileged Image of Durée to the Core of a New Metaphysics Donald Landes

9. Subject and Person in Bergson Camille Riquier

10. Attention to Life and Psychopathology John Ó Maoilearca

11. Bergson on the Emotions Keith Ansell-Pearson

12. Bergson’s Social Philosophy of Laughter Stephen Crocker

13. The Naive Realism of Henri Bergson Robert Watt

14. Bergson and Metaphysical Empiricism Stéphane Madelrieux

15. The Psychological Interpretation of Life Tano Posteraro

16. Bergson on Virtuality and Possibility Tatsuya Murayama

17. Bergsonian Metaphysics: Virtuality, Possibility, and Creativity Adrian Moore

18. Reflections on the Notion of System in Creative Evolution Arnaud François

19. Infinite Divisibility vs. Absolute Indivisibility: What Separates Einstein and Bergson Yuval Dolev

Part 3: Ethics and Politics

20. Closed and Open Societies Alexandre Lefebvre and Nils Schott

21. Bergson on Emotion and Ethical Mobilization Arnaud Bouaniche

22. Bergson and Sociobiology Melanie White

23. The Phantom Presence of War in Bergson’s Two Sources Melanie Weill

Part 4: Reception

24. Bergson and William James Jeremy Dunham

25. Bergson and German Philosophy Caterina Zanfi

26. The Vital Impulse and Early 20th-Century Biology Emily Herring

27. From Time to Temporality: Heidegger’s Critique of Bergson Heath Massey

28. Russell Reading Bergson Andreas Vrahimis

29. The Concept of Substitution in Bergson and Levinas Miguel Paley

30. The Way of the Africans: Césaire, Senghor and Bergson’s Philosophy Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Part 5: Bergson and Contemporary Thought

31. Irreducibility, Indivisibility, and Interpenetration Barry Dainton

32. A Bergsonian Response to McTaggart’s Paradox Matyáš Moravec

33. Bergson and Process Philosophy of Biology Anne Sophie Meincke

34. Bergson as Visionary in Evolutionary Biology Mathilde Tahar

35. ‘Living Pictures’: Bergson, Cinema, and Film Philosophy Dave Deamer

36. Anti-intellectualism: Bergson and Contemporary Encounters Matt Dougherty.


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Mark Sinclair is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. He is the author of Bergson (2020) in the Routledge Philosophers series.

Yaron Wolf is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.