Bergson And Philosophy: An Introduction

Paperback | February 20, 2000

byJohn Mullarkey

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Various schools of philosophy have tried to claim Henri Bergson as one of their own. In France he has been regarded primarily as an early phenomenologist. In the United States and Britain he is still regarded as a vitalist philosopher. This introductory study looks at Bergson’s use of philosophical form and aims to dispel the view that Bergson ever stuck to one type of philosophy at all, be it vitalism or phenomenology. The claim of any one form of thought to the title of “first philosophy” is challenged by the idea of a Bergsonian metaphilosophy, which states that, in a universe with no static foundations, there can never be first philosophies. In other words, if everything is changing, then this must be no less true of philosophy. Bergson and Philosophy is an important and lucid reassessment of an influential philosopher that sets his work in philosophical contexts.

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Various schools of philosophy have tried to claim Henri Bergson as one of their own. In France he has been regarded primarily as an early phenomenologist. In the United States and Britain he is still regarded as a vitalist philosopher. This introductory study looks at Bergson’s use of philosophical form and aims to dispel the view that...

John Mullarkey is professor of film and TV in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University London. He has written articles on a number of philosophers, including Gilles Deleuze, Peter Singer, and Michel Foucault. He is the author of Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:February 20, 2000Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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“[Bergson and Philosophy] is an important work and lucid assessment of an influential philosopher.” —Educational Book Review