Matter and Memory

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One of the major works of an important modem philosopher, Matter and Memory investigates the autonomous yet interconnected planes formed by matter and perception on the one hand and memory and time on the other.Henry Bergson (1859-1941) was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1927.

His works include Time and Free Will, An Introduction to Metaphysics, Creative Evolution, and TheCreative Mind.

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"Matter and Memory was the diagnosis of a crisis in psychology. Movement, as physical reality in the external world, and the image, as psychic reality in consciousness, could no longer be opposed. The Bergsonian discovery of a movement-image, and more profoundly, of a time-image,still retains such richness today that it is not certain that all its consequences have been drawn."Gilles Deleuze

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"Since the end of the Last century, philosophy has made a series of attempts to lay hold of the 'true' experience as opposed to the kind that manifests itself in the standardized,denatured life of the civilized masses. It is customary to classify these efforts under the heading of a philosophy of life. Towering above this literature is Bergson's early monumental work, Matter and Memory." Walter Benjamin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942299052
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication date: 11/8/1990
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 796,632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (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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