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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (31 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602067449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602067448
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Palgrave Macmillan is to be congratulated for reissuing these classic Bergson texts. This is a timely decision since Bergson was the great thinker of life and it seems, nearly one hundred years later, that we find ourselves once again required to conceive life. Keith Ansell Pearson and John Mullarkey have been at the forefront of the new conception of life, therefore no better editors for these volumes could be selected."--Leonard Lawlor,   University of Memphis  'Long absent from the center of discussion in Western philosophy, Bergson has recently made a reappearance. The Centennial Series of his works undertaken by Palgrave Macmillan thus comes at an opportune time, making it possible for those interested in Bergson's ideas t have access to newly annotated versions of several of his chief writings, freshly introduced and discussed. It is particularly good to see the republication of "Mind-Energy," a treasure trove of Bergsonian insights long out of print.' - Pete A.Y. Gunter, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of North Texas

"Palgrave Macmillan is to be congratulated for reissuing these classic Bergson texts. This is a timely decision since Bergson was the great thinker of life and it seems, nearly one hundred years later, that we find ourselves once again required to conceive life. Keith Ansell Pearson and John Mullarkey have been at the forefront of the new conception of life, therefore no better editors for these volumes could be selected."--Leonard Lawlor, & nbsp; University of Memphis & nbsp; 'Long absent from the center of discussion in Western philosophy, Bergson has recently made a reappearance. The Centennial Series of his works undertaken by Palgrave Macmillan thus comes at an opportune time, making it possible for those interested in Bergson's ideas t have access to newly annotated versions of several of his chief writings, freshly introduced and discussed. It is particularly good to see the republication of Mind-Energy, a treasure trove of Bergsonian insights long out of print.' - Pete A.Y. Gunter, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of North Texas

About the Author

HENRI BERGSON (1859-1941) is one of the truly great philosophers of the modernist period, and there is currently a major renaissance of interest in his unduly neglected texts and ideas amongst philosophers, literary theorists, and social theorists.

KEITH ANSELL PEARSON is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Germinal Life: The Difference and Repetition of Deleuze (Routledge, 1999), Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual (Routledge, 2001), An Introduction to Nietzsche as Political Thinker (CUP, 1994). He is the co-editor of a forthcoming 'Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche' (Stanford) and editor of the 1890-1930 volume of Acumen's forthcoming 7-volume series in the history of Continental Philosophy.

MICHAEL KOLKMAN and MICHAEL VAUGHAN are Graduate Students at the University of Warwick, UK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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