"Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness" is Henri Bergson's doctoral thesis which was first published in 1889. In the work Bergson introduces us to his theory of duration, a response to Kant's ideas regarding free will as something only possible outside of time and space. Bergson argues that the traditional concept of free will is merely confusion among philosophers caused by an illegitimate translation of the unextended into the extended. Bergson was one of the most influential philosophers of his day who rose to prominence by rejecting the conventional wisdom of the philosophers who came before him.
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Brought to tears in the end...2019年3月26日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Philosophy is my educational background, one of my few passions, and an artistic pursuit. I have read plenty of it, with notable agreements with Husserl, Nietzsche, Hume, Heideggar, and Deleuze. - if we are talking categories. All of my experience considered, this book is a revelation in its beauty, simplicity, and clarity. Most philosophers lose sight of the importance to be intuitive with artistic flare, in favor of sheer academic, analytic prowess. While I respect that, in my opinion philosophy is ultimately just art, and while you can have technical masterpiece (Mozart), you also need deep beauty (Miles Davis). Bergson is at the Miles Davis end of this spectrum, and in that, has written the most impactful piece of philosophy I have ever read. I could elaborate on the contents, but truly, could not do it justice. Let's just say that Bergson finds a coherent, and smooth way of transitioning from his idea of the time/space interaction to free will. Ultimately revealing that through objectification, and symbolic representation of our true selves, we lose touch with the actual living self, the free one. In this elaboration Bergson allows you to intuit the process of his thinking, instead of struggling with single words - he allows them to be just what they are. There is an absence of neologisms, and while there is some breakdown of philosophy of science in order to arrive at distinct points, this book is distinctly not philosophy of science, rather, an elaboration of philosophy through itself. I was never lost on a word, or a point, and that kind of achievement in philosophy should be absolutely celebrated. Still, all of this is to bring you to something so grand and beautiful, it will shape the way you look at the world moving forward, if you let it.