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Henri Bergson: The Philosophy of Change Hardcover – 30 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (30 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0548051097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0548051092
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Herbert Carr has written a small text which truly encapsulates Henri Bergson's philosophy. Each chapter doesn't just summarise his work but rather involves the reader properly within the work in just the way Bergson himself was able to do. This formed the basis of his approach which was closely connected to his concept of duration. This little booklet is not a critical text and generally does not compare Bergson's work with other philosophers, except where necessary, it simply works through his ideas in a participative manner. It is by far the best exposition of Bergson I have read other than reading Bergson himself. In fact, in some ways it is better because it is able to somehow express his ideas in a very clear way. For a reader new to Bergson's thought it is the ideal introduction and covers all of his major works.
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This little known philosopher in these times (although influential in his own era),deserves far wider recognition, as one will be able to adduce from reading this excellent book on his central idea. Bergson proposed that the principle reality was time or change, or duration as he put it, as opposed to matter; his reason being that consciousness exists in time. Carr also examines Bergson's underlying advocacy of intuition as the route to proper knowledge over the pure dissecting intellect that occur in philosophies such as Kant's and the scientific enterprise. Readable and enlightening.
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This is a very basic and easy to read summary of Bergsons philosophy. In that sense I really liked it. But it is not, in my opinion, for serious academic work. For my MA I needed something more in depth and more articulate.
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I bought this text when I wrote my Masters and I am so glad that I did. I have other interpretations of Bergson's works but this one is written in such a straight forward and engaging style that it really brings Bergson's philosophies alive.

Despite being written almost a hundred years ago Carr's exposition of Bergson's main philosophy is easy to follow and mercifully short. He walks you through Bergson's ideas thematically rather than in order of publication and this enables you to follow the line of argument more clearly. Carr quotes directly from Bergson's works and these references are then easy enough to find.

I would recommend this text as an introduction to Bergson for anyone who is studying him or is just interested in his ideas.
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