An Introduction to Metaphysics (Introduction à la Métaphysique) is an essay by Henri Bergson that explores the concept of reality. For Bergson, reality occurs not in a series of discrete states but as a process similar to that described by process philosophy or the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Reality is fluid and cannot be completely understood through reductionistic analysis, which he said "implies that we go around an object", gaining knowledge from various perspectives which are relative. Instead, reality can be grasped absolutely only through intuition, which Bergson expressed as "entering into" the object.
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HENRI BERGSON (1859-1941) is one of the truly great philosophers of the modernist period, and there is currently a major renaissance of interest in his unduly neglected texts and ideas amongst philosophers, literary theorists, and social theorists.
JOHN MULLARKEY is a Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Dundee, UK. He is the author of Bergson and Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 1999) and editor, with Keith Ansell Pearson, of Bergson: Key Writings (Continuum, 2002).
MICHAEL KOLKMAN is a Graduate Student at the University of Warwick, UK, currently completing a PhD on the philosophy of Henri Bergson.
KEITH ANSELL PEARSON is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Germinal Life: The Difference and Repetition of Deleuze (Routledge, 1999), Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual (Routledge, 2001), An Introduction to Nietzsche as Political Thinker (CUP, 1994). He is the co-editor of a forthcoming 'Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche' (Stanford) and editor of the 1890-1930 volume of Acumen's forthcoming 7-volume series in the history of Continental Philosophy.
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It's free to download, so you can see yourself, but it's basically not worth trying to go through unless you have absolutely no money. That is nothing to say on Bergson, of course.