Henri Bergson ( – ) introduced new life to French philosophy, examining the non-mathematical sciences from a philosophical stance. He introduced. Henri Bergson, Duration and Simultaneity: Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Time, Duration and Freedom – Bergson’s Critical Move Against Kant. Duration and Simultaneity. Henri Bergson Henri Bergson in 20th Century Philosophy Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond.

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If I now open my eyes, I see that my finger is tracing on the sheet of paper a line that is preserved, where all is juxtaposition and no longer succession; this is the unfolded, which is the record of the result of motion, and which will be its symbol as well. The danger, which I think he saw instinctively but was not able effectively to avert, was that of mistaking ideas for experiences, symbols for obser- vations.

But if all motion is relative simuptaneity if there is no absolute point of reference, no privileged system, the observer inside a system will obviously have no way of knowing whether his system is in motion or at rest. In dividing and measuring the path, we then say we are dividing and measuring the duration of the mo- tion that is tracing it.

When one buying machine finally breaks down when a customer ssimultaneityit is replaced by a new one, already well groomed in the dark arts of consumption. Indeed, for Bergson, closed morality is always concerned with war. McMillan and Company, ; translation of L’energie spirituelle.

W ‘ltespecially pp. As early asthe thesis of the existence of multiple, real times in Einstein’s theory was dramatized in “the clock para- dox of the identical twins. The turning earth will be a clock.

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According to the former, the working of Paul’s clock is actually slowed down by its motion through the ether, both outward and back, so that it and Paul record a shorter time for the journey than Peter and Peter’s clock which have not moved.

Hence determinismthe belief everything is determined by a prior cause, is an impossibility. The earth is a system. But, in order to show this, Bergson starts with a hypothesis that all we sense are images.

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That of a flow or passage, but dugation self-sufficient flow or passage, the flow not implying a thing that flows, and the passing not bergso supposing states through which we pass; the thing and the state are only artificially taken snapshots of the transition; and this transition, all that is naturally experienced, is duration itself.

Holmer Nadesan – – Human Studies 25 2: Thus was laid the foundation of a misunderstanding that has bedeviled the subject ever since. Bergson starts out by showing that the only way in which the two senses of life may be reconciled without being collapsed is to examine real life, the real evolution of the species, that is, the phenomenon of change and its profound causes.

In he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. We shall have —? The Metaphysics of the ‘Specious’ Present. Human knowledge results from the form and the structure of intelligence.

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Its influence rapidly waned, and it was succeeded in philosophy by ideas of the logical positivist type that origi- nated in relativity theory. Now, it happens that none of the motion-induced slowings of time allegedly uncovered by Einstein’s theory of special relativity is convertible into duration. This, Bergson argued, shows that it is not memory as such that is lost, but the bodily mechanism that is needed to express it.

This marked the beginning of his growing fame. We must accept whatever experience reveals to us, and the theories we form to rationalize it must be logically im- peccable. The only possible conclusion, therefore, if the theory was not to destroy itself, was that Peter and Paul, whether men or clocks, must age at the same rate during the journey.

Colors would prob- ably appear differently to us if our eye and our consciousness were differently formed; nonetheless there would always be something unshakably real which physics would continue to resolve into elementary vibrations.

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Just because we close our eyes to berggson unceasing variation of every physical state, we are obliged when the change has become so formidable as bergsno force itself on our attention, to speak as if a new state were placed alongside the previous one. If we saw ourselves as potentially creative artists of one kind or another, if this was the main view of ourselves and each other, we would spend more time creating our own images, writing our own stories, rediscovering our own myths.


It will be enough to try to find out how we ought to understand them in Ein- stein’s theory. Retrieved from ” https: The answer, I think I shall consider the implications of this presentlylies fundamentally in the fact that it has become so customary in science to appeal only to experiment and not to trust reason, that even the clearest demonstration of inconsistency in a theory is ineffectual so long as the theory is believed to accord with experiment.

Continental Philosophy categorize this paper. University of Notre Dame Press, []. Such is the hypothesis of common sense.

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A Psychological CritiqueForrest Williams tr. Notice that Freud and Breuer’s Studies on Hysteria did not appear until But, this hypothesis does not yet account for evolution in the diversity of its products, nor does it explain the principle of the nature of life. Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database.

In this way, all things and all relations among things will retain their size, remain within the same frames, come under the same laws. Such is our primary idea of simultaneity- We therefore call two external flows that occupy the same duration “simultaneous” because they both depend upon the duration of simlutaneity like third, our own; this duration is ours only when our consciousness is concerned with us alone, but it becomes equally theirs when our attention embraces the three flows in a single indivisible act.

In truth, we find it already taken. This is entirely equivalent to the example that Einstein himself took at the beginning of his original paper on bergeon subject 10 to show what he meant by his postulate of relativity, namely, that in all cases of relative motion the phenomena observed are the same whichever body is moved, although the 10 “Electrodynamik bewegter Korper,” Annalen bergsonn Physik, XVII We shall see the significance of this later.