Henri Bergson ( – ) introduced new life to French philosophy, examining the non-mathematical sciences from a philosophical stance. He introduced. Henri Bergson, Duration and Simultaneity: Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Time, Duration and Freedom – Bergson’s Critical Move Against Kant. Duration and Simultaneity. Henri Bergson Henri Bergson in 20th Century Philosophy Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond.

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Henri Bergson and the Perception of Time

The first is that of two spools, with a tape running between them, one spool unwinding the tape, the other winding it up. In his best known work, Creative EvolutionBergson made it clear that he accepted evolution as a scientifically established fact.

Over the years, the dominant western worldview has become de-vitalised and devalued, especially in politics and economics. The method is ideal, so long as the time available is un- limited and the experiments harmless. We saw in the first image of the spools that there is constant difference or heterogeneity. Presses Universitaire de France. As with quantitative multiplicities, Bergson gives us many examples; but perhaps the easiest example to grasp is the feeling of sympathy, a moral feeling Time and Free Willpp.

With the second and third steps, one can see a similarity to Plato’s idea of dialectic understood as collection and division. The Extent of the Present. Creative evolution For Bergson, the notion of life mixes together two opposite senses, which must be differentiated and then led into a genuine unity. This is real time, perceived and lived. Like his German contemporary, Edmund Husserl, Bergson’s original training was in mathematics. In phenomenology, the multiplicity of phenomena is always related to a unified consciousness.


We speak of motion, here as there; but has the word the same meaning in both cases?

Henri Bergson

But, this process of explication can be extended. In An Introduction to MetaphysicsBergson presents three images of duration. History of Western Philosophy. You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add simultaneit it in external perception. It will sometimes be necessary to indicate the particular point in the system at which we are locating the vertex of the trihedral.

Over the past twenty or thirty years, there has been an ever-increasing growth in demand for many varieties of alternative healing, some of which are becoming part of medical practice, the development of psychosomatic medicine and many different therapies. Bergson was born in Paris on October 18, ; he was the second of seven children of a Polish Father and English mother; both of his parents were Jewish. But Einstein sought a reconciliation by accepting the electromagnetic equa- tions, with all their metrical consequences, without accepting the ether that is, anything that could serve as a universal standard against which velocity could be measured which was essential to the electromagnetic theory.

Yet, there is a drawback: Moreover, if he has any doubt, he proceeds anew to his synchronizing; he simply finds the confirmation of what he had observed in the motion- less state.

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Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Reviewed By. Imagination has been allowed to lead the theo- retical scientist into various fields of conceivability, notwith- standing that no proof is immediately available that they are, in fact, realizable in experience.

For us, it is the earth’s rotation that is the model motion tracing the path of time. Our concept of duration was really the translation of a direct and immediate experi- ence. What Lorentz achieved by arbitrarily postulating physical effects of the ether on moving bodies, Einstein achieved by arbitrarily postulating a certain method of timing distant events.


But, whatever happens, the conception of spatial motion which we find in Descartes, and which harmonizes so well with the spirit of modern science, has been rendered scientifically ac- ceptable by Einstein for accelerated as for uniform motion. It is, in fact, essential in this theory to disperse an endless number of synchronized clocks, and therefore ob- servers, over its “system of reference.

The whole is never given in an intuition; only a contracted part is given.

Presses Universitaires de France, Presses Univesitaires de France, The movement of memory always results in action. The idea that memories are descending means that true memory in Bergson is progressive. We maintain that it could as readily be considered Ein- stein’s and that the theory of relativity was, if anything, meant to bear out the idea of a time common to all things.

This holds for the propagation of light in vacuo in a higher degree than for any other process which could be considered, thanks to the investigations of Maxwell and Simultameity.

We are going to look at each of these four steps. When this illicit desire arises, there will be resistance from society but also from his habits.

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