Matter And Memory / Edition 1

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A monumental work by an important modern philosopher, Matter and Memory (1896) represents one of the great inquiries into perception and memory, movement and time, matter and mind. Nobel Prize-winner Henri Bergson surveys these independent but related spheres, exploring the connection of mind and body to individual freedom of choice. Bergson's efforts to reconcile the facts of biology to a theory of consciousness offered a challenge to the mechanistic view of nature, and his philosophy can be regarded as a forerunner to later developments in relativity theory and conceptions of mental process. His original and innovative views exercised a profound influence on other philosophers -- including James, Whitehead, and Santayana -- as well as novelists such as Dos Passos and Proust. Essential to an understanding of Bergson's philosophy and its legacy, Matter and Memory is among Dover's Philosophical Classics. A collection of the major works in Western and Eastern philosophy, this new series ranges from ancient Greece to modern times. Its low-priced, high-quality, unabridged editions are ideal for teachers and students as well as for other readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602065499
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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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