Matter and Memory

Front Cover Publishing, Jan 1, 2011 - Psychology
15 Reviews
French philosopher Henri Bergson produced four major works in his lifetime, the second of which, "Matter and Memory", is a philosophical and complex nineteenth century exploration of human nature and the spirituality of memory. In this work, Bergson investigates the function of the brain, and opposes the idea of memory being of a material nature, lodged within a particular part of the nervous system. He makes a claim early in this essay that Matter and Memory "is frankly dualistic," leading to a careful consideration of the problems in the relation of body and mind. His theories on sense, dualism, pure perception, concept of virtuality and famous image of the memory cone often make Bergson's essay a confusing and challenging existentialist work. However, the years of research and extensive pathological investigations spent in preparation for this and other essays have gained Bergson great distinction as a brilliant, though unjustly neglected, theorist and philosopher.

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User Review  - Gabriel - Goodreads

Not the easiest book by Bergson, but one of the most fascinating. The 1. chapter about perception is extremly original, still discussed by philosophers and scientists. The 4. chapter broaches Bergson ... 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


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Of the Recognition of Images Memory and Brain p
Of the Survival of Images Memory and Mind p
The Delimiting and Fixing of Images Perception and Matter Soul and Body p
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