An Introduction to Metaphysics

  • Title: An Introduction to Metaphysics
  • Author: Henri Bergson T.E. Hulme
  • ISBN: 9780872204744
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Introduction to Metaphysics An Introduction to Metaphysics Introduction la M taphysique is a essay by Henri Bergson published in Revue de m taphysique et de morale that explores the concept of reality For Bergson reality o
    An Introduction to Metaphysics Introduction la M taphysique is a 1903 essay by Henri Bergson published in Revue de m taphysique et de morale that explores the concept of reality For Bergson, reality occurs not in a series of discrete states but as a process similar to that described by process philosophy or the Greek philosopher Heraclitus Reality is fluid and cannAn Introduction to Metaphysics Introduction la M taphysique is a 1903 essay by Henri Bergson published in Revue de m taphysique et de morale that explores the concept of reality For Bergson, reality occurs not in a series of discrete states but as a process similar to that described by process philosophy or the Greek philosopher Heraclitus Reality is fluid and cannot be completely understood through reductionistic analysis, which he said implies that we go around an object , gaining knowledge from various perspectives which are relative Instead, reality can be grasped absolutely only through intuition, which Bergson expressed as entering into the object.

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    1. Henri Bergson was one of the most famous and influential French philosophers of the late 19th century early 20th century Although his international fame reached cult like heights during his lifetime, his influence decreased notably after the second World War While such French thinkers as Merleau Ponty, Sartre, and L vinas explicitly acknowledged his influence on their thought, it is generally agreed that it was Gilles Deleuze s 1966 Bergsonism that marked the reawakening of interest in Bergson s work Deleuze realized that Bergson s most enduring contribution to philosophical thinking is his concept of multiplicity Bergson s concept of multiplicity attempts to unify in a consistent way two contradictory features heterogeneity and continuity Many philosophers today thinks that this concept of multiplicity, despite its difficulty, is revolutionary It is revolutionary because it opens the way to a reconception of community.


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    1. maybe because i have read so many on/by henri bergson (36) that this works so well. short, short book, this is concise and direct explication of the metaphysics that he expounds to greater length in his texts previous to publication (1903) and giving an idea where he goes next, his protention, in 'creative evolution', he talks about how in his work 'metaphysics' means to 'go beyond' symbols, to argue for 'intuition' rather than familiar 'analysis', and this book is best short short intro to wher [...]

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    2. Henri Bergson noted quite amazingly that our perception of reality is like a translation of an old text, which despite having some accuracy is nevertheless an imitation of an absolute and immobile reality. He challenged the way that we see reality by pointing us to trivial objects and their position in space. Consider a four-legged table. From one point of view it appears to have four legs but from another its legs seem to disappear, but we know that reaching such a conclusion would be preposter [...]

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    3. Bergson's understanding of philosophy is quite unique, or at least make for a landmark in the development of modern(ist) thought in the Western world - arguing, in this book in particular, for an irrational understanding of the human mind, but from the standpoint of a rationalist, scientific tradition, a lot of his life endeavor seems concerned with reducing - and transcending - the chasm between rationalism and empiricism. Indeed what grabs my attention in his thought, and is exemplified in thi [...]

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    4. This lengthy essay, something of a hinge in Bergson's thought connecting his earlier work with his later, is one of the most fascinating pieces of philosophy I've ever read.Lucid to the point of simplicity, it nevertheless communicates a plethora of complex ideas such that I'm going to be picking through them for a fairly long time. One of the basic ideas that he presents, a distinction between analysis and intuition, is presented from the first page, and, he argues later, could lead to a reconc [...]

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    5. Nice introduction. Here he attempts to sum up in a nutshell what we are after when we consider knowledge and what is known versus what is relative. This builds on Kant, I think, and others at the time who weren't quite sure what it all meant and realized that much of knowledge was built on axiomatic "truths" versus truth in the absolute sense. I dig.

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    6. Short and easy to read. Bergson's got a kind of European Taoism going here, although it's a little frustrating when he tell you that he can't talk about reality and then spends 60 pages talking about it.

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    7. I give this book four stars not because I agree, necessarily with its conclusions, but because it is a thought provoking essay on what metaphysics is for Bergson.

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    8. Maybe it's expected that one should first read Bergson's "Matter and Memory" before reading this latter essay, though I think having arrived at this book through reading H. Stuart Hughes' "Consciousness and Society," it's safe to say that I have a decent understanding of Bergson's project as a whole, even without the details of its development. I found this book on the whole incredibly disappointing, partially because its discussion of "Intuition" interested me from a Kantian point of view (in l [...]

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    9. I applaud the other reviewers for their insights and explanations. I'm honored to be a part of the Great Conversation. And to the others, I recommend this book to any who have an interest in Philosophy, especially Metaphysics.

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    10. depth of thought and the courage to question is awe-inspiring

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    11. Not the worst. Profundity in it; stops short of truth, however.

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    12. Essays on the relation of philosophy and the modern sciences

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    13. "With its signal distinction between 'intuition' and 'analysis' and its exploration of the different levels of Duration (Bergson's term for Heraclitean flux), An Introduction to Metaphysics has had a significant impact on subsequent twentieth century thought. The arts, from post-impressionist painting to the stream of consciousness novel, and philosophies as diverse as pragmatism, process philosophy, and existentialism bear its imprint. Consigned for a while to the margins of philosophy, Bergson [...]

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    14. This book was really difficult to read. And I really had to finish it. After all, it was printed specially for me through forgottenbooks .Now after having read it, I do know what metaphysics is. In a complete thorough way.From that perspective, the book has accomplished its purpose.But it was a very very very difficult book to finish.

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    15. "Asrı-saadette bir tasavvuf vardı ama adı yoktu, şimdi tasavvufun adı var ama kendisi yok" demiş eski mutasavvıflardan biri. Bergson da şöyle diyor, "Pre-sokratiklerde bir Metafizik vardı adı yoktu, şimdi bir metafizik var ama adı yok"

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    16. Perfect for laying the groundwork form metaphysical study.

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    17. fun, important, good for ya.

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    18. Boring. Too academic and/or philosophical.

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    19. من اصعب الكتب اللي قرأتها للقراءة مرة اخرى

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    20. Una muy buena introducción a su concepción de la metafísica, indispensable para antes de adentrarse al monumental " Materia y memoria".

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    21. Explores the theme of metaphysics and seeks to establish true philosophical understanding via thought reconstruction

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    22. John Cleese reading it aloud very fast in my head made it rather entertaining.

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