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Essai Sur Les Données Immédiates De La Conscience

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This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1913 edition by George Allen & Co., Ltd., London.
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the gift
this is a much later addition: just put bergson's work on the modernists shelf, partly because of his prevalence in the intellectual atmosphere of that time, partly that he deserves to be reread. maybe this will encourage me to read his big work 'creative evolution', but must confess it is mostly deleuze i have been reading, and this might lead to spinoza and nietzche before him... of bergson's work, i would suggest this book first, he is a clear writer, his nobel was actually in literature, and ...more
Brian Kim
Feb 23, 2013 Brian Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never seen a philosopher that looks like his philosophy. Bergson appears incredibly comical because he has a face that's in a constant state of confusion, but the more you look at him the more you realize a hint of enlightenment within the tensions of his facial muscles. Perhaps what distinguishes Bergson from most philosophers today is his fashion for poetry, and paradoxes. it must be understood that Bergson is responding to the traditional Kantian notion of Time and Space, which ultimat ...more
Tony Poerio
May 08, 2016 Tony Poerio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bergson reminds me of Borges in a lot of ways.

I'm sure he was a huge influence on JLB, and their writing shares similar qualities in my recollection.

Concise, precise, and often mind bending.

People will always write treatises on the nature of time.

And this book will always be a reference. Maybe it always was?
Frank Bierbrauer
Mar 26, 2012 Frank Bierbrauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely interesting book. Bergson talks about the possibility that time is more than simply "a parameter in the equations", so to speak, as it is so often understood in science. For example in physics time is really nothing that truly creates anything. Time in physics is merely a re-arranger of otherwise independent pre-existing fundamental separate objects. For Bergson it is wholly creative, the engineer of novelty. In this text, Bergson's PhD thesis, he focuses mainly on what time means i ...more
Indrek Ojam
Oct 25, 2015 Indrek Ojam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olen ikka tahtnud kirjutada kommentaari mõnele mitte-ilukirjanduslikule teosele, mis mind tugevalt puudutanud on. Henri Bergson on kahtlemata kõige inspireerivamaid mõtlejaid, keda lugenud olen. Olgu reservatsiooniks öeldud, et mu eriala ei ole küll filosoofia, vaid hoopis eesti kirjandus, aga olen lugenud kõiki Bergsoni eesti keelde tõlgitud tekste, lisaks hulga artikleid inglise keele vahendusel ja õppinud filosoofiat iseseisvalt ja ka ülikoolikursuste abiga mitu aastat.

“Essee teadvuse vahetut
Alex Lee
Sep 17, 2015 Alex Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, philosophy
Once again, Bergson takes us in another direction. He excels at pulling out the underlying relations that structure methodology. He exposes how we construct regular notions such as time, space, self and so on -- showing us that such terms are actually heterogeneous. That we assume that the formality of language and conception is what things are; ignoring the uncertainty and difference that characterizes how we consider ourselves in a constant becoming all of our own.

At the heart of this essay, B
Paola E. Haiat
Jul 04, 2015 Paola E. Haiat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que, en realidad, no puedes jactarte de haber leído este libro hasta haberlo hecho unas tres veces.
Sin embargo, la primera está completada. Es muy interesante mirar la filosofía con un estilo tan cuidado. No me sorprende que haya sido premio Nobel de literatura en 1927, escribe impecablemente.
Y hay citas memorables en estas páginas.
Kai Schreiber
This ought to be a fascinating and very illuminating work; a philosopher looking into the venture of quantifying, measuring and modeling the mind. Unfortunately it hasn't aged particularly well, and while Bergson' insights occasionally are jarring, a lot of the time he is just meandering on about not much at all. But then the problems he chose to tackle - what is the nature of space and time, are experiences comparable or is that an artifact of language and spatial ordering intruding on any comp ...more
Dang, I wholeheartedly wish that I would have partaken of Bergson's brilliant, stimulating, clearly delineated, and yet still difficult-to-fully digest exposition upon the nature of time in human experience and existence—with strong pushback against Kant's conception of it as intermingled with extension in pure forms of intuition—ere I tackled Heidegger's punishing magnum opus. I read this seeing not only continuous linkages to the latter's influential onto-philosophy, but felt Bergson laid a gr ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the introductory motto: If a man were to inquire of Nature the reason of her creative activity, and if she were willing to give ear and answer, she would say -- 'Ask me not, but understand in silence, even as I am silent and am not wont to speak.'

Wonderful exploration of time, free will, duration, space, heat, light, the attraction of pleasure. I like the depiction of two different selves: (1) the fundamental self; (2) its spatial and social representation: only the former is free.
Sep 30, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
What the? Time isn't space, but it is, but don't get confused because its not, only we can only define it in terms of space, but really it isn't linear in that way, in fact it is...not this example, whih illustrates how linear it is not though actually this example breaks down and underscores that it is linear, or though it not be linear, I can't explain it, but use your intuition. Got it? Good.
Guido De
Quite a difficult read. Too time consuming for the moment. Looking for a more accessible book on Bergson.

From the back cover:
HIs speculations, especially about the nature of time, had a profound influence on many other philosophers, as well as on poets and novelists; they are said to have been the seed for A la recherche de temps perdu by Marcel Proust (whose cousin was Bergson's wife).
Jul 13, 2008 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It's really a rather beautiful philosophy" is how someone once described it to me; and it's a complicated text, but I like his mind, his approach to duree...of course, I would counter that time is not real.
Feb 21, 2008 Kenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book has confirmed my theory that the only Great Books worth reading are already on the St. John's reading list. All others are excluded for a reason.
Oct 21, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I like a book that can refute determinist hegemony with effective argument and analysis. Bergson ought to get more attention than he does, in my opinion.
Way too thought-provoking for me at this moment in time. I will come back to this one as I think there are some great insights to be had.
Dec 08, 2008 eesenor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bergson demonstrates that conscious experience is an ongoing flux.
Vladan Krečković
Book that completely changed my perception of space and time.
Oct 09, 2013 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school, i-own
A pain from start to finish... But I finished it !!
Melissa Sara Smith
Much easier to read than Matter and Memory.
Dec 03, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La tesi di laurea di Bergson, cugino di Proust.
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Henri Bergson was one of the most famous and influential French philosophers of the late 19th century-early 20th century. Although his international fame reached cult-like heights during his lifetime, his influence decreased notably after the second World War. While such French thinkers as Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, and Lévinas explicitly acknowledged his influence on their thought, it is generally ag ...more
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