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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No eBook available Amazon. When this illicit desire arises, there will be resistance from society but also from his habits. Peacock – – PSA: We have already mentioned one of them: And it may have great advantages for a philosopher who is trying to find out, for example, in what measure Einstein’s times are real times, and who will therefore be obliged to post flesh-and-blood observers, conscious beings, at all the points in the system curation reference where there are durztion.

The reflections upon time and simultaneity belong to the “special” theory of rela- tivity, the latter being concerned only with uniform motion.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. One is unique— that corresponding to rest in the ether— and a grained, not homogeneous, space-time would be needed to allow for that. This is surely a perfectly natural, normal, everyday part of human experience — a common-sense, empirical fact of life.

This entry has no external links. Through Williams James’s enthusiastic reading of this essay, Bergsonism acquired a far-reaching influence on American Pragmatism. I can therefore act as if none of my lengths had shrunk, as if my time had not expanded, as if my clocks agreed.

Even if the ether did not exist, it would be in- vented in order to symbolize the experimentally established fact of the independence of the speed of light from the motion of the source that emitted it. Suppose there are two points, A and B; and pulses of light, traveling as a single pulse, are emitted from sources P and Q when they are both at A, P being stationary there and Q moving toward B. It thus introduces so much discontinuity into it, and, on the other hand, establishes between it and the rest of things so much continuity that we can gather what there must be of the arti- ficial and conventional in our division of matter into bodies.


Not a single dissentient voice has been raised in response to Professor Born’s ruling, and one must conclude— as is indeed evident from other considerations 17 — 16 M. Henri BergsonMark Lewis.

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He therefore devised his theory of relativity, of which the two basic postulates were the prin- ciple or postulate of relativity— that all states of uniform motion were intrinsically indistinguishable— and the postulate of constant light velocity— that light emitted in any direction at the same point and at the same instant from each of a num- ber of relatively moving bodies moved through space as a single beam with a fixed velocity c, the motions of the sources having no influence on that of the light emitted.

One quickly thinks of bees, and Bergson, of course, refers to them.

Pictures not at all dissimilar to the shocking images from Abu Ghraib are available as a form of home entertainment. How those co-ordi- nates are in fact related to our measurements of space and time remains to be discovered, but we can say with certainty that they cannot be identified with those measurements.

A religion with organized — and rigid — doctrines is always static. Common sense will vaguely ponder it. It is therefore quite true that time is measured through the intermediary of motion. But within the special theory there was a kind of demand for the general theory. It should cause no surprise, then, that Einstein felt that the technical removal of this problem from the scope of his special theory rendered the problem innocuous.

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The second of the clock attached to the moving earth is therefore longer than that of the stationary clock in the motionless ether. I think there can now be no doubt that the “space-time,” which seemed to Bergson bergon philosophical grounds to be merely an artificial construction, is in fact just that. This could not be so even in the case of uniform motion when we believed in a motionless ether; it certainly could not be so when we believed in the absolute character of accelerated motion.


What will help us understand duratiion image is the idea of my character.

No two successive moments are identical, for the one will always contain the memory left by the other. This seemed merely to express the original contradiction without resolving it.

These simultaneities are instantaneities, not partaking of the real time that endures.

The individual, in other words, experiences the rigidity of the obligation. They are fragile and require the support of a community.

Only further experiment can tell us which of these alternatives is correct, and the most promising of such experi- ments would be a properly designed determination of the rela- tion of the velocity of light to that of its source.

But, if this were all, the feeling would inspire in us abhorrence of others, and we would want to avoid them, not help them. This article is a reply to Crawford noted above. This demonstration is, of simultneity, Bergson’s main objective in Dura- tion and Simultaneity. No such test has yet been possible, so the the- ory remains, like Lorentz’, a purely ad hoc device to escape from the old predicament.

As always with Bergson, Kant is at issue, in this case his moral philosophy. But, in contrast to Plotinus, for Bergson, thinking is not mere contemplation; it is the entire or integral movement of memory between contemplation and action. It is easy to calculate that Paul’s speed relative to Peter must be 0. Science can and must retain of reality what is spread out in wimultaneity, measurable space.

Bergson’s own method of intuition is supposed to restore the possibility of absolute knowledge — here one should see a kinship between Bergsonian intuition and what Kant calls intellectual intuition — and metaphysics. Lorentz’ the- ory was what he called “half-relativity” or “unilateral rela- tivity”: Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Reviewed By.