Bergson’s panpsychism

Continental Philosophy Review 51 (4):549-564 (2018)

Joel Dolbeault
Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3 (PhD)
Physical processes manifest an objective order that science manages to discover. Commonly, it is considered that these processes obey the “laws of nature.” Bergson disputes this idea which ultimately constitutes a kind of Platonism. In contrast, he develops the idea that physical processes are a particular case of automatic behaviors. In this sense, they imply a motor memory immanent to matter, whose actions are triggered by some perceptions. This approach is obviously panpsychist. It gives matter a certain consciousness, even if the latter is different in nature from our consciousness. In some respects, this approach is similar to contemporary panpsychism because it claims that the psychic is a fundamental characteristic of nature, causally active. But it is also original because it does not constitute a theory of the origin of mind in nature.
Keywords panpsychism  laws of nature  Bergson
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DOI 10.1007/s11007-018-9446-8
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