Henri Bergson: Key Writings (Athlone Contemporary European by Keith Ansell Pearson, John Mullarkey

By Keith Ansell Pearson, John Mullarkey

This quantity brings jointly beneficiant decisions from his significant texts: Time and loose Will, subject and reminiscence, inventive Evolution, Mind-Energy, The inventive brain, the 2 resources of Morality and faith and Laughter. furthermore it beneficial properties fabric from the Melanges by no means ahead of translated in English, resembling the correspondence among Bergson and William James. the quantity can be a great textbook for pedagogic reasons and a invaluable resource e-book for philosophers operating around the analytic/continental divide.

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Henri Bergson: Key Writings (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers)

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Instead of intuiting or mapping out the flux, science deals with the counting of simultaneities. And for science the 'object' is always the simultaneity of instants, not that of fluxes (pp. 337-8). Modern physics deals with isolated systems, that is, with events and systems of events that have been detached from the whole, so that it counts 'simultaneities between the events that make up this time and the positions of the mobile T on its trajectory' (p. 342). So while modern physics differs from ancient science in considering any moment of time, it still rests on a substitution of'time-length' for 'time-invention'.

Because of this it is quite easy for critics of Bergson to argue that in his engagement with Relativity he has misconceived the 'observer' issue by turning the observer (which, as we have already noted, could be a machine or a device) into a phenomenological consciousness. There is, we believe, a specific reason as to why Bergson presents his own case - the fact that he is posing more than a phenomenological challenge to science - so poorly in DS. This is owing to his placing on his own thought and on modern physics a restrictive empiricism.

But although it is pregnant with possibility such an object is always actual. The image, by contrast, is necessarily virtual, in that while it obviously resembles the object it is also fundamentally different from it since it is not capable of doing what the object does. Far from being chimerical or hallucinatory the virtual image is fully real, though clearly it can be assigned a specific mode of the real. This division between the actual object and the virtual image is what leads Bergson to claim that at every moment of our lives we are presented with two aspects, even though the virtual aspect may be imperceptible owing to the very nature of the operations of perception: Our actual existence then, whilst it is unrolled in time, duplicates itself all along with a virtual existence, a mirror-image.

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