Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 79 (1):3-30 (2017)

Authors
Tom Allen
University of Leeds
Abstract
In Time and Free Will, Bergson understands sensation to be the frontline of an encroachment of the forms of the external world upon duration. With his method of intuition, he seeks to liberate the dynamic powers of consciousness from this incursion. The driving question of this article is the following: In his attempt to reclaim sensation for duration by driving extensity from it, has he not gone too far, effectively alienating man from his own suffering body? In the maturation of his thought Bergson realized just this. In Matter and Memory he concedes that sensation is ”vaguely’ extended. His task shifts from purifying sensation of the intrusion of extensity, to showing that, like concrete perception, sensation is an alloy of both matter and duration. The broad goal of this article is to trace the development of Bergson’s concept of sensation between these two books, paying especially close attention to the specific sensation of pain. We will discover that this concept is improved from the early work of Time and Free Will to the later work Matter and Memory, if only because he concedes that sensation is genuinely alloyed with something that is not immediately subject to a synthesis of durational consciousness. He thus restores a certain externality to sensation, which is necessary to account for excruciating pain.
Keywords Henri Bergson   duration   extendedness   sensation   intuition   consciousness   affect
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2143/TVF.79.1.3217823
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,340
External links

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)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Where Conscious Sensation Takes Place.Shigeru Kitazawa - 2002 - Consciousness and Cognition 11 (3):475-477.
Zabarella and the Intentionality of Sensation.James B. South - 2002 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 1.
Matter, Sensation, and Understanding.Moreland Perkins - 1971 - American Philosophical Quarterly 8 (1):1-12.
William James on Time Perception.Gerald E. Myers - 1971 - Philosophy of Science 38 (September):353-360.
Sensation and Function.S. Dumpleton - 1988 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 66 (3):376-89.
Phallocentrism in Bergson: Life and Matter.Rebecca Hill - 2008 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 2 (Suppl):123-136.
What is It Like to Like?William S. Robinson - 2006 - Philosophical Psychology 19 (6):743-765.
Hegels Begriff Und Theorie der Empfindung.Federico Sanguinetti - 2016 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 72 (2-3):351-382.
‘Quelque Romancier Hardi’: The Literary Bergsonist.Jesse Matz - 2011 - The European Legacy 16 (7):937 - 951.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-10-19

Total views
11 ( #825,972 of 2,448,758 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #445,251 of 2,448,758 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes