Friday, June 3, 2011

Bergson and Phenomenology

Forget Sloterdijk and BHL. There is always Henri Bergson--once THE French philosopher, an inspiration to Proust, but now largely forgotten. A new edited collection of essays (Michael Kelly, ed.) tries to excavate what remains of Bergson in contemporary philosophical thought:

A special kind of unhappiness marks Henri Bergson's relationship to phenomenology: that of being dismissed by a tradition that has largely absorbed him. This is, at least, how Merleau-Ponty put it in late in his career:
If we had been careful readers of Bergson, and if more thought had been given to him, we would have been drawn to a much more concrete philosophy. . . . It is quite certain that Bergson, had we read him carefully, would have taught us things that ten or fifteen years later we believed to be discoveries made by the philosophy of existence itself. (h/t PG)

1 comment:

Alex Price said...

Bergson was not forgotten by Gilles Deleuze and is therefore read by at least a few Deleuzians.