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4.0 out of 5 stars Original, fresh, beginning to arouse contemporary interest again
Bergson developed an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution without relying on divine design or intervention. Science has moved on and some of the experimental bases of his theory would now be considered doubtful by biologists and other scientists. Nonetheless, there has been a renewal of interest in Bergson's work amongst European philosophers, and this, coupled...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Evolution Philosophy
My only previous exposure to Bergson was Russell's less than complementary essay in his History of Western Philosophy. The Bergson of this book was unrecognisable - he comes across as an early philosopher of science more than anything, although his science is biology, rather than physics.
The main thrust of the book concerns his analysis of the concepts of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Evolution Philosophy, 24 Jun. 2003
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My only previous exposure to Bergson was Russell's less than complementary essay in his History of Western Philosophy. The Bergson of this book was unrecognisable - he comes across as an early philosopher of science more than anything, although his science is biology, rather than physics.
The main thrust of the book concerns his analysis of the concepts of organisation/matter, intelligence/instinct. The first two sections of the book are remarkably lucid, interweaving the then contemporary biological thought with Bergson's own philosophical insight. The latter two sections steer more into abstract territory, and probably require a wider acquaintance with his other thought to be fully appreciated (certainly I found them more valuable on a second reading when I had a bit more Bergson under my belt). While they are worth persevering with on their own merits, if you find them unpalatable I think the more original and interesting portion of the book is the first two sections, and I also believe these sections can be extracted from the book without doing too much damage. All in all, if you have an interest in evolutionary biology from a philosophical standpoint this is very worthwhile. Only three stars however due to limited introduction, glosses etc., although if you don't have any French this is the only thing available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original, fresh, beginning to arouse contemporary interest again, 21 Jan. 2014
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Bergson developed an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution without relying on divine design or intervention. Science has moved on and some of the experimental bases of his theory would now be considered doubtful by biologists and other scientists. Nonetheless, there has been a renewal of interest in Bergson's work amongst European philosophers, and this, coupled with Bergson's easily-readable style and this good translation, makes this book an interesting and pleasurable one to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the light shining between Heraclitus and Bohm, 21 April 2007
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Henri Bergson's seminal "Creative Evolution" starts off with the flowing movement so prevalent in his philosophy of the organism, one idea flows into the next in a smooth undivided motion. Not only does Bergson explain his work with analogies and examples supported by the biology of the time, thereby distancing himself from the purely intellectual pursuit of most philosophy, trapped in the world of the mind, but he demonstrates his thought in the very way of exposition he uses throughout the book. One feels his thought is produced like a Mozart symphony, all at once with no corrections needed. This aptly demonstrates the idea of duration and time he proposes in this book. His influence is profound in thinkers such as David Bohm and Alfred North Whitehead which so to speak "run with it" in the parlance of baseball. This is a book worth reading twice for its rich display of creativity and also to reread sections not followed the first time. One does feel however that at times the flow is interrupted by disturbances in his mode of thinking leading to disjointed reading. Nonetheless, not only does he open a whole new way of thought free of dualism and the old patterns of mechanism, but he also explains the reason for mechanistic thought itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Evolution in Mind, 18 Nov. 2014
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Not easy....it is his concepts, rather than style or language which is at fault, because he goes deep into thought in itself to reflect upon its meaning and purpose and where it exists. So it is a book which makes the reader put the handbrake on, pull over to read and then re-read. Perhaps then the ideas will tumble into shape. It took me a while to fully grasp, and even then I am not so sure.

Similar to Nietzsche, but with more sense of the human, Bergson, questions all values to think about how we label the world and make sense of it and then communicate this perception to others, thinking that each thinks the same. But we do not and so our passing on, of images, changes consistently. We only know the world through approximations which we try to relate to, make sense of, and then pass on these feelings/emotions to others. Bergson explores, not the mechanics, but the vibrancy we pass on.

He operates in an existential space, rather than reducing the human to sound acoustics. And it is in this abstract world he is absorbed within this book
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