Overview

French philosopher Henri Bergson produced four major works in his lifetime, the second of which, "Matter and Memory", is a philosophical and complex nineteenth century exploration of human nature and the spirituality of memory. In this work, Bergson investigates the function of the brain, and opposes the idea of memory being of a material nature, lodged within a particular part of the nervous system. He makes a claim early in this essay that Matter and Memory "is frankly dualistic," leading to a careful ...
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Matter and memory

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Overview

French philosopher Henri Bergson produced four major works in his lifetime, the second of which, "Matter and Memory", is a philosophical and complex nineteenth century exploration of human nature and the spirituality of memory. In this work, Bergson investigates the function of the brain, and opposes the idea of memory being of a material nature, lodged within a particular part of the nervous system. He makes a claim early in this essay that Matter and Memory "is frankly dualistic," leading to a careful consideration of the problems in the relation of body and mind. His theories on sense, dualism, pure perception, concept of virtuality and famous image of the memory cone often make Bergson's essay a confusing and challenging existentialist work. However, the years of research and extensive pathological investigations spent in preparation for this and other essays have gained Bergson great distinction as a brilliant, though unjustly neglected, theorist and philosopher.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940020744639
  • Publisher: London, Swan Sonnenschein
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1911 volume
  • File size: 536 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Chapter I Of the Selection of Images for Conscious Presentation. What our Body Means and Does 1
Real action and virtual action 1
Representation 8
Realism and Idealism 14
The choice of images 17
Relation between representation and action 35
The image and reality 45
The image and affective sensation 51
Nature of affective sensation 55
The image, apart from sensation 59
Natural extension of images 62
Pure perception 69
Approach to the problem of matter 73
Memory 81
Chapter II Of the Recognition of Images. Memory and Brain 86
The two forms of memory 86
Movements and Recollections 105
Recollections and movements 118
Realization of memories 145
Chapter III Of the Survival of Images. Memory and Mind 170
Pure memory 170
What the present is 176
The unconscious 181
Existence 189
Relation of past and present 191
Memory and general ideas 201
The Association of Ideas 212
The plane of action and the plane of dream 217
The different planes of consciousness 220
Attention to life 225
Mental equilibrium 227
The Office of the body 231
Chapter IV The Delimiting and Fixing of Images. Perception and Matter: Soul and Body 233
The problem of dualism 233
Description of the Method 238
Indivisibility of movement 246
Real movement 254
Perception and matter 259
Duration and tension 267
Extensity and extension 277
Soul and body 291
Summary and Conclusion 299
Index 333
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