Bergson

1st Edition

Mark Sinclair

Routledge
September 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 352 Pages
ISBN 9781138219496 - CAT# Y291425
Series: The Routledge Philosophers

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Summary

Henri Bergson (1859-1941) was one of the most celebrated and influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He was awarded in 1928 the Nobel prize for literature for his philosophical work, and his controversial ideas about time, memory and life shaped generations of thinkers, writers and artists.

In this clear and engaging introduction, Mark Sinclair examines the full range of Bergson's work. The book sheds new light on familiar aspects of Bergson’s thought, but also examines often ignored aspects of his work, such as his philosophy of art, his philosophy of technology and the relation of his philosophical doctrines to his political commitments. After an illuminating overview of his life and work, chapters are devoted to the following topics:

  • the experience of time as duration
  • the experience of freedom
  • memory
  • mind and body
  • laughter and humour
  • knowledge
  • art and creativity
  • the élan vital as a theory of biological life
  • ethics, religion, war and modern technology.

With a final chapter on his legacy, Bergson is an outstanding guide to one of the great philosophers. Including chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary, it is essential reading for those interested in metaphysics, time, free will, aesthetics, the philosophy of biology, continental philosophy, and the role of European intellectuals in WWI.

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