Who is Henri Bergson?

  • (noun): French philosopher who proposed elan vital as the cause of evolution and development (1859-1941).
    Synonyms: Bergson, Henri Louis Bergson

Henri Bergson

Henri-Louis Bergson ( 18 October 1859 – 4 January 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century. Bergson convinced many thinkers that immediate experience and intuition are more significant than rationalism and science for understanding reality.

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Intuition (Bergson) - Intuition and The Absolute
... Henri Bergson defined metaphysics as the science that dispenses with symbols to grasp the absolute ... Henri Bergson defined intuition as a simple, indivisible experience of sympathy through which one is moved into the inner being of an object to grasp what is unique and ineffable within it ... Two images Henri Bergson gave in his essay An Introduction to Metaphysics may aid us in comprehending the ideas of intuition, analyses, the absolute and the relative ...
Henri Bergson - Bibliography
... Publications 2001 ISBN 0-486-41767-0 – Bergson's doctoral dissertation Matter and Memory 1911 ... – a collection of essays and lectures Duration and Simultaneity Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe 1922 ...

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    To perceive means to immobilize ... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
    Henri Bergson (1859–1941)

    The deeply thoughtful and human consciousness of a Macbeth is not found in comedy. Comic action tends to be as Bergson described it, physical or purblind, instead of highly conscious. Similarly, the great comic actor specializes in the presentation of mental obtuseness.
    William G. McCollom (b. 1911)

    Since I am a man, my heart is three or four times less sensitive, because I have three or four times as much power of reason and experience of the world—a thing which you women call hard-heartedness. As a man, I can take refuge in having mistresses. The more of them I have, and the greater the scandal, the more I acquire reputation and brilliance in society.
    Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783–1842)