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Interpreting Bergson

Interpreting Bergson
Critical Essays


Alexandre Lefebvre, Nils F. Schott, Arnaud François, Giuseppe Bianco, Stéphane Madelrieux, Leonard Lawlor, Mark Sinclair, Suzanne Guerlac, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Melanie White, Richard Vernon, Mark Westmoreland
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  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421157

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  • Bergson was a pre-eminent European philosopher of the early twentieth century and his work covers all major branches of philosophy. This volume of essays is the first collection in twenty years in English to address the whole of Bergson's philosophy, including his metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of life, aesthetics, ethics, social and political thought, and religion. The essays explore Bergson's influence on a number of different fields, and also extend his thought to pressing issues of our time, including philosophy as a way of life, inclusion and exclusion in politics, ecology, the philosophy of race and discrimination, and religion and its enduring appeal. The volume will be valuable for all who are interested in this important thinker and his continuing relevance.

    • Illustrates the unity of Bergson's thought across several fields of philosophy
    • Considers Bergson's influence on political science, history, literary and cultural studies
    • Demonstrates in an accessible manner the relevance of Bergson's philosophy to the most pressing present-day issues
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    'This collection presents new and promising interpretations of Henri Bergson, revealing the reach of his thought into political science, sociology, aesthetics, and religious studies. Academic readers across the humanities and social sciences will find them accessible and provocative.' Michael Kelly, University of San Diego

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421157
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Alexandre Lefebvre and Nils F. Schott
    1. Bergson's theory of truth Arnaud François
    2. What was 'serious philosophy' for the young Bergson? Giuseppe Bianco
    3. Bergson and naturalism Stéphane Madelrieux
    4. Bergson on the true intellect Leonard Lawlor
    5. Bergson's philosophy of art Mark Sinclair
    6. Bergson, time, and philosophies of life Suzanne Guerlac
    7. Bergson and philosophy as a way of life Keith Ansell-Pearson
    8. Bergson and social theory Alexandre Lefebvre and Melanie White
    9. Bergson and political theory Richard Vernon
    10. Bergson, colonialism, and race Mark Westmoreland
    11. Bergson's philosophy of religion Nils F. Schott.

  • Editors

    Alexandre Lefebvre, University of Sydney
    Alexandre Lefebvre is Associate Professor of Government and International Relations, and Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is author of Human Rights and the Care of the Self (2018), Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergson's Political Philosophy (2013), and The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza (2008). He is co-editor of The Subject of Human Rights (forthcoming), Henri Bergson (2015, with Nils F. Schott), and Bergson, Politics, and Religion (2012).

    Nils F. Schott, Collège universitaire de SciencesPo
    Nils F. Schott is Lecturer at the Collège universitaire de SciencesPo. He is co-editor of Henri Bergson (2015, with Alexandre Lefebvre) and Love and Forgiveness for a More Just World (2015). He is translator of a dozen volumes in philosophy and related fields.


    Alexandre Lefebvre, Nils F. Schott, Arnaud François, Giuseppe Bianco, Stéphane Madelrieux, Leonard Lawlor, Mark Sinclair, Suzanne Guerlac, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Melanie White, Richard Vernon, Mark Westmoreland

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