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Dualism in Bergson

Rebecca Hill

in The Interval

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823237241
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240708 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823237241.003.0005
Dualism in Bergson

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This chapter introduces Bergson's metaphysics. It is argued that he privileges a concept of the interval as the threshold of duration and intuition. Bergson's postulation of the temporal interval depends upon a dualism he establishes between duration and space. The chapter presents his dualism between space and duration under several aspects. It looks at Bergson's critical description of how intellectual knowledge obscures the possibility of an intuitive philosophy of real time. Then, it reads his deduction of duration as the threshold of difference in Time and Free Will. The chapter also analyzes Bergson's account of the relationship between language and thought. It suggests that his project is characterized by a desire to transcend all symbolism and present intuition in its purity, untainted by language.

Keywords: Bergson; duration; space; difference in degree; difference in nature; life

Chapter.  8245 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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