528 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    528 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.



    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.

    'The Bergsonian Mind is accessible to those recently encountering Bergson’s philosophy, and it is a reserve of nuanced research for Bergson scholars. This much-needed collection will reward those interested in philosophy, political theory, the history of physical sciences, sociology, and aesthetics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.' - CHOICE