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Routledge
16 September 2019
Philosophy; Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology; Philosophy of mind; Sociology; Philosophy of science
Henri Bergson (1859-1941) was one of the most celebrated and influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He was awarded in 1928 the Nobel prize for literature for his philosophical work, and his controversial ideas about time, memory and life shaped generations of thinkers, writers and artists.

In this clear and engaging introduction, Mark Sinclair examines the full range of Bergson's work. The book sheds new light on familiar aspects of Bergson's thought, but also examines often ignored aspects of his work, such as his philosophy of art, his philosophy of technology and the relation of his philosophical doctrines to his political commitments. After an illuminating overview of his life and work, chapters are devoted to the following topics:

the experience of time as duration the experience of freedom memory mind and body laughter and humour knowledge art and creativity the elan vital as a theory of biological life ethics, religion, war and modern technology With a final chapter on his legacy, Bergson is an outstanding guide to one of the great philosophers. Including chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary, it is essential reading for those interested in metaphysics, time, free will, aesthetics, the philosophy of biology, continental philosophy and the role of European intellectuals in World War I.
By:   Mark Sinclair
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781138219496
ISBN 10:   1138219495
Series:   The Routledge Philosophers
Pages:   310
Publication Date:   16 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Sinclair is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton, UK, and Associate Editor at the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. He is the author of Being Inclined: Felix Ravaisson's Philosophy of Habit (2019) and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy.

Reviews for Bergson

Providing both careful exposition and judicious evaluation, Mark Sinclair's Bergson will prove invaluable to students and instructors alike. The book situates Bergson in his historical philosophical and political contexts, as well as locating where his positions fall in contemporary discussions. Highly recommended. - John Protevi, Louisiana State University, USA Mark Sinclair has written a wonderfully accessible and exhaustive introduction to Bergson's thought. In the style of engaged history of philosophy, Bergson is a remarkable contribution to the ongoing Bergson resurgence and an invaluable resource for readers at all levels. - Donald A. Landes, Universite Laval, Canada


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