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Bergson [Paperback]

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Pages   115
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 10, 2001
Publisher   St. Augustine's Press
ISBN  1890318116  
EAN  9781890318116  

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Kolakowski shows how Henri Bergson sought to reconcile Darwin's theory with his own beliefs about the nature of the universe. Bergson believed that time could be thought of in two different ways: as an abstract measuring device used for practical purposes, or as duree, the "real" time we actually experience. He also held that all matter is propelled by an internal elan vital, or life-drive, and that the life of the universe is constantly creative and unpredictable. On the basis of these ideas he constructed a system of thought that embraced his views on memory, matter, consciousness, movement, religious morality, and the nature of laughter. His pantheistic and dynamic vision of the universe, which emerged at a time of crisis in Western intellectual life, was symptomatic of the struggle between a rigid scientific determinism and the Christian tradition of a divine creation.

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A good introduction to a highly creative thinker   Mar 3, 2005
Bergson was an admirable figure in many ways. He was at one time the star of European and world- philosophy but the star has dimmed with the years. He was born Jewish but was a convert to Catholicism. When the Nazis ordered the Jews of Paris to line up to receive the yellow- star Bergson( who could have been exempted by his Catholicism and his fame)got out into the street with his fellow Jews. He stood in the cold for hours.Old and unwell he died shortly thereafter.
His philosophy was a philosophy whose emphasis was on ' lived experience,' on the time of 'duree'' on the inner sense we have in being alive .For him as for his American correspondent William James life was a creative stream. And newness and innovation came naturally with it. It was almost as if for him creation ex nihilo occurred in every instant. He opposed in his thought mechanical thinking, rigid determinism.
I myself have always found grasping his thought very difficult, and this is still true despite Kolakowski's excellent work. I do however believe many of the themes of his thought, and especially those related to the inherent creative quality of humanity are ones which are true and deserve a lasting place in our understanding and definition of ourselves and the world.

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