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 Bergson’s texts, including: Time and Free Will (1889); Matter and Memory (1896); Creative Evolution (1907); and The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932).
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
- the future of humanity
Timing and CATS
This module is worth 20 CATS and will run in the autumn term.