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Bergson and Philosophy: An Introduction
     

Bergson and Philosophy: An Introduction

by John Mullarkey
 

Various schools of philosophy have tried to claim Henri Bergson as one of their own. In France he has been regarded primarily as an early phenomenologist. In the United States and Britain he is still regarded as a vitalist philosopher. This introductory study looks at Bergson’s use of philosophical form and aims to dispel the view that Bergson ever stuck to

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Various schools of philosophy have tried to claim Henri Bergson as one of their own. In France he has been regarded primarily as an early phenomenologist. In the United States and Britain he is still regarded as a vitalist philosopher. This introductory study looks at Bergson’s use of philosophical form and aims to dispel the view that Bergson ever stuck to one type of philosophy at all, be it vitalism or phenomenology. The claim of any one form of thought to the title of “first philosophy” is challenged by the idea of a Bergsonian metaphilosophy, which states that, in a universe with no static foundations, there can never be first philosophies. In other words, if everything is changing, then this must be no less true of philosophy. Bergson and Philosophy is an important and lucid reassessment of an influential philosopher that sets his work in philosophical contexts.

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“Relying on a very nuanced, detailed, sophisticated . . . reading, . . . Mullarkey recovers from Bergson a genuinely viable process metaphysics that presages Heidegger in its understanding of subjects and objects. . . . But probably the greatest contribution of the book is its recognition in Bergson of an understanding of the body, or embodiment. In Mullarkey’s deft reconstruction, Bergson rises from the ashes a force to be reckoned with, as viable now as he was at the turn of the last century. Moreover he does so in a way that is valuable to both continental and analytic philosophers.” —International Philosophical Quarterly

“[Bergson and Philosophy] is an important work and lucid assessment of an influential philosopher.” —Educational Book Review

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Henri Bergson was an influential philosopher claimed by the French as an early phenomenologist, and in American and Britain as a vitalist philosopher. Bergson And Philosophy is an introductory study of his use of philosophical form and dispels the view that Bergson ever stuck to one type of philosophy at all, either vitalism or phenomenology. Rather, a Bergsonian idea of "metaphilosophy" stating that, in a universe with no static foundations, there can never e a philosophy means that if everything is changing, then change is also a constant truth of philosophy. John Mullarkey is a teacher of philosophy at the University of Sudnerland who explores each of Bergson's seven major works from a metaphilosophical perspective. Highly recommended for personal, professional, and academic philosophy collections, Bergson And Philosophy showcases an important and lucid reassessment of an influential philosopher while setting his work in an appropriate philosophical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268021610
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Mullarkey is professor of film and TV in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University London. He has written articles on a number of philosophers, including Gilles Deleuze, Peter Singer, and Michel Foucault. He is the author of Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality.

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