Often neglected as an influence on phenomenology, Bergson's thought has resurfaced and brought challenges to phenomenology. In a series of original essays and translations, leading scholars of contemporary continental philosophy seek to redress this oversight and inaugurate a long over due dialogue and yet pertinent to the future of continental philosophy.
This thematically focused collection reintroduces Bergson to the dominant discourse in continental philosophy (phenomenology), reevaluates phenomenologists' readings of Bergson (e.g., Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Henry), and examines Bergsonian challenges to phenomenological methods and issues. What emerges is not only a revitalized Bergson read on his own terms, but also a view of the vibrance of Bergson's thought and its central contributions to perennial issues in phenomenology and contemporary continental philosophy: including dualism, intentionality, subjectivity and selfhood, science, time, ethics, freedom, life and affectivity.
'Michael Kelly has put together an exceptionally strong collection of essays that seeks a dialogue between Bergson and phenomenology and that features work by both leading continental philosophers and phenomenologists and aspiring young scholars. Such a collection of essays is long overdue. The essays, which cover topics ranging from time, consciousness, and affect to life, evolution, and ethics, are rich and varied. The collection represents a most welcome contribution to the emerging new literature on Bergson and succeeds in showing that Bergson is refreshingly contemporary. Highly recommended. ' - Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
'The virtue of Michael R. Kelly's volume is not only to have reconstructed debates between Bergson and classical phenomenologists but, more importantly, to propose a Bergsonian contribution to such central phenomenological topics as subjectivity, time, embodiment, nothingness, life, and freedom.' - Alexandre Lefebvre, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
'...the publication of this book is so welcome...' -Akos Krassoy, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
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Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 29th September 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1