Essai Sur Les Données Immédiates De La Conscience
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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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this is the 4th book by bergson i have read, though it is his doctoral thesis, and contains his original insights, his contention we- that is, western philosophers- have essentially misconceived time on a spatial model. as a line, as points, as circle, as any image that traces history but not actuality of the process of time. we think of time as movement, as points, as described history, as is so useful in physics, but this is not true time, which is always duration...

this book actually seems ha...more
Frank Bierbrauer
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
Brian Kim
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
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.
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.

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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).
"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.
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.
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.
Bergson demonstrates that conscious experience is an ongoing flux.
Vladan Krečković
Book that completely changed my perception of space and time.
A pain from start to finish... But I finished it !!
Melissa Sara Smith
Much easier to read than Matter and Memory.
La tesi di laurea di Bergson, cugino di Proust.
Sadam Husen
Extremely Interesting book of Bergson
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Henri Bergson (1859–1941) 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...more
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“The idea of the future, pregnant with an infinity of possibilities, is thus more fruitful than the future itself, and this is why we find more charm in hope than in possession, in dreams than in reality.” 39 likes
“[Duration is] the form which the succession of our conscious states assumes when our ego lets itself live, when it refrains from separating its present state from its former state.” 0 likes
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