Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysics

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This edition of Henri Bergson's masterful autobiography is the last of his works to be published. In it, he sets forth his philosophical method: how he became a philosopher, why he made philosophy his life's work, and what philosophy must be -- a search for truth that emphasizes the spiritual dimension of human life and the importance of intuition over intellect. The Creative Mind takes readers into the mind of one of philosophy's most original and eclectic thinkers, whose passionate exploration into the meaning ...
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1987 Paperback As New 002358470X. Tight to spine-62 pages. From a review by Peter A. Y. Gunter, University of North Texas: "With its signal distinction between 'intuition' and ... 'analysis' and its exploration of the different levels of Duration (Bergson's term for Heraclitean flux), 'An Introduction to Metaphysics' has had a significant impact on subsequent twentieth century thought. The arts, from post-impressionist painting to the stream of consciousness novel, and philosophies as diverse as pragmatism, process philosophy, and existentialism bear its imprint. Consigned for a while to the margins of philosophy, Bergson's thought is making its way back to the mainstream..." Read more Show Less

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This edition of Henri Bergson's masterful autobiography is the last of his works to be published. In it, he sets forth his philosophical method: how he became a philosopher, why he made philosophy his life's work, and what philosophy must be -- a search for truth that emphasizes the spiritual dimension of human life and the importance of intuition over intellect. The Creative Mind takes readers into the mind of one of philosophy's most original and eclectic thinkers, whose passionate exploration into the meaning of knowledge and creativity remains revolutionary in its approach. One of the first in his field to emphasize the need to take philosophy out of the realm of wordy dialectic, he carefully outlines how its study should be undertaken. This fascinating introduction to metaphysics is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the discipline of philosophy, how we think, and the importance of contemplation and discovery to us all.

This book reveals how Henri Bergson became a philosopher, why he is a philosopher and what philosophy must be.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780023584701
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 1/28/1955
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
I. Introduction (Part I). Retrograde movement of the true growth of truth 11
II. Introduction (Part II). Stating the problems 30
III. The possible and the real 91
IV. Philosophical intuition 107
V. The perception of change 130
VI. Introduction to Metaphysics 159
VII. The philosophy of Claude Bernard 201
VIII. On the pragmatism of William James. Truth and reality 209
IX. The life and work of Ravaisson 220
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