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An Introduction to Metaphysics

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There is currently a major renaissance of interest in Henri Bergson's unduly neglected texts and ideas amongst philosophers, literary theorists, and social theorists. Introduction to Metaphysics (1903) contains Bergson's classic statement that to philosophize is to reverse the habitual directions of our thinking, as well as his claim that a true empiricism amounts to a tru ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 15th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1903)
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Kyle van Oosterum
Sep 19, 2015 Kyle van Oosterum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henri Bergson noted quite amazingly that our perception of reality is like a translation of an old text, which despite having some accuracy is nevertheless an imitation of an absolute and immobile reality. He challenged the way that we see reality by pointing us to trivial objects and their position in space.

Consider a four-legged table. From one point of view it appears to have four legs but from another its legs seem to disappear, but we know that reaching such a conclusion would be preposter
Oct 08, 2015 Belli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good one
Feb 26, 2013 MashailGhammas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"With its signal distinction between 'intuition' and 'analysis' and its exploration of the different levels of Duration (Bergson's term for Heraclitean flux), An Introduction to Metaphysics has had a significant impact on subsequent twentieth century thought. The arts, from post-impressionist painting to the stream of consciousness novel, and philosophies as diverse as pragmatism, process philosophy, and existentialism bear its imprint. Consigned for a while to the margins of philosophy, Bergson ...more
Bergson's understanding of philosophy is quite unique, or at least make for a landmark in the development of modern(ist) thought in the Western world - arguing, in this book in particular, for an irrational understanding of the human mind, but from the standpoint of a rationalist, scientific tradition, a lot of his life endeavor seems concerned with reducing - and transcending - the chasm between rationalism and empiricism. Indeed what grabs my attention in his thought, and is exemplified in thi ...more
vague and lovely, place yourself in the object
Nice introduction. Here he attempts to sum up in a nutshell what we are after when we consider knowledge and what is known versus what is relative. This builds on Kant, I think, and others at the time who weren't quite sure what it all meant and realized that much of knowledge was built on axiomatic "truths" versus truth in the absolute sense. I dig.
Feb 28, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Short and easy to read. Bergson's got a kind of European Taoism going here, although it's a little frustrating when he tell you that he can't talk about reality and then spends 60 pages talking about it.
David Russell Mosley
I give this book four stars not because I agree, necessarily with its conclusions, but because it is a thought provoking essay on what metaphysics is for Bergson.
Víctor Sampayo
Aug 06, 2011 Víctor Sampayo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una muy buena introducción a su concepción de la metafísica, indispensable para antes de adentrarse al monumental " Materia y memoria".
Marts  (Thinker)
Explores the theme of metaphysics and seeks to establish true philosophical understanding via thought reconstruction
Tony Perry
Sep 19, 2015 Tony Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for laying the groundwork form metaphysical study.
Sep 15, 2011 Ahtchie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Too academic and/or philosophical.
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fun, important, good for ya.
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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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“But, then, I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, which does not change every moment, since there is no consciousness without memory, and no continuation of a state without the addition, to the present feeling, of the memory of past moments. It is this which constitutes duration. Inner duration is the continuous life of a memory which prolongs the past into the present, the present either containing within it in a distinct form the ceaselessly growing image of the past, or, more profoundly, showing by its continual change of quality the heavier and still heavier load we drag behind us as we grow older. Without this survival of the past into the present there would be no duration, but only instantaneity.” 11 likes
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