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Bergsonism (PH925-20)

Programme content

This course provides an advanced introduction to core aspects of the philosophy of Henri Bergson (1859-1941) and its influence on key twentieth century thinkers, such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Gilles Deleuze. Each year the course is taught there will be a focus on one or more of Bergsonā€™s texts, including: Time and Free Will (1889); Matter and Memory (1896); Creative Evolution (1907); and The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932).

Topics covered

The following is a list of topics for this module in the 2015/16 academic year; precise seminar content may change from year to year.

  • the nature of time qua duration and its distinction from space
  • the two multiplicities
  • the meaning of freedom
  • types of memory
  • life and evolution
  • instinct, intuition, and intelligence
  • ethics
  • the future of humanity
Timing and CATS

This module is worth 20 CATS and will run in the autumn term.