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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To each moment of our inner life there thus corresponds a moment of our body and of all environing matter that is “simultaneous” with it; this matter then seems to participate in our conscious duration.

Throughout Creative DuratjonBergson’s crucial point is that life must be equated with creation, as creativity alone can adequately account for both the continuity of life and the discontinuity of the products of evolution. It dissolves the body into a virtually infinite number of elementary corpuscles; and, at the same time, it shows us this body linked to other bodies by thousands of reciprocal actions and reactions.

The very forces that have generated the formulas are instead now being explained by those very formulas. duraion

The creative emotion makes one unstable and throws one out of the habitual mode of intelligence, which is directed at needs. From the mathematical standpoint, there is no objec- tion to this. Bergson and the Time of LifeLondon: In the eyes of the observer who shares the earth’s motion, the distance of this double journey is therefore Such is the conclusion that will emerge from our work of analysis.

An observer with P will therefore consider that the light has traveled further than an observer with Q, and will therefore accord it a higher velocity than the second observer unless the observers allot different times to the arrival of the pulse at B.

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Only those contemporaneous events in S remain contemporaneous in S’ which are situated in the same plane perpendicular to the S system’s direction of motion.

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For, if a duration has no instants, a line terminates in points. The revitalization of Bergsonism leads to a revitalization of the question of life itself, and not to the retrieval of the question of being. One should make the effort to reverse the habitual mode eimultaneity intelligence and set oneself up immediately in the duration.

Bergson, Henri ; Durie, Robin ed. Strictly speaking they do not constitute multiple states until I have already got beyond them, and turn around to observe their trail. Bronowski, in The New Scientist, Aug.


It is easy to calculate that Paul’s speed relative to Peter must be 0. On the same principles one could say: In other words, the intuition of duration puts me in contact with a whole continuity of durations, which I could, with effort, try to follow upwardly or downwardly, upward to spirit or downward to inert matter The Creative Mindp. The successive series of bifurcations and differentiations that life undergoes organize itself into two great opposite tendencies, namely, instinct and intelligence.

But this escape, of course, was no longer possible when later he generalized the relativity postulate to cover all motion. Now from the simultaneity of two flows, we would never pass to that of two instants, if we remained within pure dura- tion, for every duration is thick; real time has no instants.

But, there is no instantaneous communication; and, since every transmission takes time, we have had to select one that is carried out under unchanging conditions.

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Even this image is incomplete, because the wealth of colouring is forgotten when it is invoked. He probably accepts the statistical interpretation of the laws of thermodynamics, which requires that if a kettle of water is placed on the fire a large, but finite, number of times, me water will sometimes freeze.

We need this simultaneity of the instant in order 1 to note the simultaneity of a phenomenon with a clock moment, 2 to point off, all along our own duration, the simultaneities of these moments with moments of our dura- tion which are created in the very act of pointing. But all things durztion not seem to us to be unwinding along with the thread, each actual moment of the universe would not be for us the tip of the thread, if we did not have betgson con- cept of simultaneity at our disposal.

According to them, durationn line OA would contract as the result of its motion in such a way as to re-establish equality between the two double passages. But, this dynamics implied the existence of an absolute mo- tion.

He regarded the brain as an organ of choice, with a practical role. An Introduction to Henri BergsonIthaca: When Einstein’s general relativity theory received confirmation at the eclipse ofit was universally acclaimed duratin a logical development of his special theory ofand the “relativity” theory then began to be ascribed to him alone.

Henri Bergson and the Perception of Time

Hence Bbergson decided to explore the inner life of man, which is a kind of duration, neither a unity nor a quantitative multiplicity. Bergson was born in Paris on October 18, ; he was the second of seven children of a Polish Father and English mother; both of his parents were Jewish.

As we have seen from our discussion of multiplicity in Time and Free Willsympathy consists in putting ourselves in the place of others. Simulta- neity has changed from real to nominal. There has therefore occurred, he will reflect, an error in the length of the distance traveled and durarion error regarding the duration of the journey, but the two errors offset each other because it is simltaneity same double error that earlier presided at the synchronization of the two clocks.


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Our entire history would then unfold in a measurable time. But it is also necessary to know why we ourselves, in our turn, measuring the speed of light by terrestrial experiments such as those of Fizeau and Foucault, always get the same fig- ure c no matter what the earth’s speed may be with respect to the ether.

The anomaly appears even more strongly if we suppose that both O and S move similarly, at the same clock reading, in the same direction. It would also have to be able to extract from the motion per’ ceived in space and sharing the divisibility of its trajectory, the “pure mobility,” the uninterrupted solidarity of the before and after that is given in consciousness as an indivisible fact- We drew this distinction just before when we were speaking of the fiery path traced out by the shooting star.

There is nothing here of the artificial, conventional, merely human. What Lorentz achieved by arbitrarily postulating physical effects of the ether on moving bodies, Einstein achieved by arbitrarily postulating a certain method of timing distant events.

Then gravita- tional fields must be postulated to start, reverse, and stop reter, while the operation of Paul’s engine-which, in the tormer way of speaking, caused his accelerations —now serves to Keep rum at rest by neutralizing the effect of the fields. Here he argues that this obstacle consists in the idea of disorder.

But, in qualitative multiplicities, there is heterogeneity and no juxtaposition. One of our deepest needs is to find and express that vital creative spark that lies somewhere in all of us. So, the situation is very different for Bergson than for many other important French and German philosophers of the 20th Century who have massive archives Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. History of Western Philosophy.

How do we synchronize two clocks located at different places? This leads us to seek for the basic error in the theory, for the Peter and Paul problem merely shows that there is such an error but does not locate it.