Creative Evolution (Paperback)

Author: Bergson, Henri

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*Author: Bergson, Henri *Publication Date: 1998/02/06 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.50


Publisher Dover Pubns
Mfg Part# 9780486400365
SKU 30301025
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0486400360
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Henri Bergson
Henri Bergson was France's preeminent philosopher at the close of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th. Showered with awards, honorary doctorates, and prestigious academic positions, Bergson insisted that traditional philosophy was hampered by the constraints of its very systematic approach to understanding the problems of consciousness, relying too heavily on artificially imposed rationality and discounting human intuition as a source of knowledge. In his major philosophical works, such as TIME AND FREE WILL, MATTER AND MEMORY, and CREATIVE EVOLUTION, Bergson blends metaphysics, psychology, physiology, and neuroscience, and continuously refines the essential ideas of his philosophy: the emphasis on memory as the fusion of matter and perception, the sense of a life lived through pure duration (rather than mechanical time), the rejection of "intellectualism" in favor of intuition, and the idea of time as the condition of ceaseless change. By the time Bergson was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1927, his ideas had been so widely disseminated throughout Europe that, paradoxically, at the moment he received this international recognition, his philosophy was beginning to be subsumed by schools of thought, such as existentialism and vitalism, influenced by his work. But "Bergsonism" was revitalized in the 1960s when Gilles Deleuze published the book bearing that title, and in addition to the impact his books continue to have on philosophy, Bergson will be remembered for inspiring philosophers as diverse as Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Maritain, and Jacques Derrida.
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Annotation Originally published in 1911, Henri Bergson's treatise on evolution challenges and elaborates on the philosophy of the time, particular the theoretical models of Aristotle and the natural selection model of Darwin. Concerning himself with issues like the relation between plants and animals and the "thought" behind biological change, Bergson sees the various forms of animals as being one organism that does not have to choose which new direction to go in, it simply splits and goes both ways. The evolution of man is marked by his ability to think without acting, while in nature thinking and acting are one and the same. For readers enthralled with the 21st-century exploration of East/West molecular-thought science, discovering that Bergson was on the beam way back in the day will be a real eye-opener. Written in a discursive style that borders on the poetic, Bergson's book blends philosophy and biological speculation in a most captivating manner.
Editors Note The fullest expression of the distinguished French philosopher's ideas about the meaning of life. In propounding his distinctive theory of evolution, Bergson considers nature and intelligence, examines mechanisms of thought and illusion, and presents a criticism of philosophical systems from those of the ancients to those of his 19th-century contemporaries.
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