Often neglected as an influence on phenomenology, Bergson's thought has resurfaced and brought challenges to phenomenology. In a series of original essays and translations, leading scholars of contemporary continental philosophy seek to redress this oversight and inaugurate a long over due dialogue and yet pertinent to the future of continental philosophy.
This thematically focused collection reintroduces Bergson to the dominant discourse in continental philosophy (phenomenology), reevaluates phenomenologists' readings of Bergson (e.g., Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Henry), and examines Bergsonian challenges to phenomenological methods and issues. What emerges is not only a revitalized Bergson read on his own terms, but also a view of the vibrance of Bergson's thought and its central contributions to perennial issues in phenomenology and contemporary continental philosophy: including dualism, intentionality, subjectivity and selfhood, science, time, ethics, freedom, life and affectivity.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2010
- ISBN 9780230282995
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- Title: Bergson and Phenomenology
- Author: Kelly, Michael R., Professor (ed.)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
In The Press
'Michael Kelly has put together an exceptionally strong collection of essays that seeks a dialogue between Bergson and phenomenology and that features work by both leading continental philosophers and phenomenologists and aspiring young scholars. Such a collection of essays is long overdue. The essays, which cover topics ranging from time, consciousness, and affect to life, evolution, and ethics, are rich and varied. The collection represents a most welcome contribution to the emerging new literature on Bergson and succeeds in showing that Bergson is refreshingly contemporary. Highly recommended. ' - Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
About The Author
MICHAEL R. KELLY received his doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University and teaches philosophy at Boston College, USA. His research interests and publications primarily deal with Husserl's reception in the phenomenological tradition and history of philosophy, as well as Bergson's relation to classical phenomenology.