Matter and Memory (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., Jun 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 368 pages
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According to Bergson, Realism and Idealism are both inaccurate representations of our world. The very act of perception is a constant feedback loop, and just as we reach out to change the world, in turn the world reaches out to change us. A ground-breaking work of philosophy. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

According to Bergson, Realism and Idealism are both inaccurate representations of our world. The very act of perception is a constant feedback loop, and just as we reach out to change the world, in turn the world reaches out to change us. A ground-breaking work of philosophy. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I
1
images 17 Relation between representation
59
perception 6973 l Approach to the problem of matter
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Recollections 105118 Recollections and movements
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Of the Survival of Images Memory
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Mind 170232
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CHAPTER IV
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Method 238245 Indivisibility of movement 246253
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and extension 277291 Soul and body 291298
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Summary and Conclusion 299332
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Index 333339
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Page vii - Matter, in our view, is an aggregate of 'images.' And by 'image' we mean a certain existence which is more than that which the idealist calls a representation, but less than that which the realist calls a thing an existence placed halfway between the 'thing
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Born in Paris in 1859 of Jewish parents, Henri Bergson received his education there and subsequently taught at Angers and Clermont-Ferraud before returning to Paris. He was appointed professor of philosophy at the College de France in 1900 and elected a member of the French Academy in 1914. Bergson developed his philosophy by stressing the biological and evolutionary elements involved in thinking, reasoning, and creating. He saw the vitalistic dimension of the human species as being of the greatest importance. Bergson's writings were acclaimed not only in France and throughout the learned world. In 1927 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. In defiance of the Nazis after their conquest of France, Bergson insisted on wearing a yellow star to show his solidarity with other French Jews. Shortly before his death in 1941, Bergson gave up all his positions and renounced his many honors in protest against the discrimination against Jews by the Nazis and the Vichy French regime.

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