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Bergson and Philosophy

John Mullarkey

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Reassesses this influential philosopher, setting his work in its philosophical contexts

Various schools of philosophy have tried to position the thought of Henri Bergson over the last 80 years. In France he has been regarded primarily as an early form of phenomenologist, in the United States and Britain he is still regarded as a vitalist philosopher. This introductory study looks instead at Bergson's use of philosophical form itself, dispelling the view that Bergson ever stuck to one type of philosophy at all, be it vitalism or phenomenology. The claim of any one form of thought to the title of 'first philosophy' is challenged by the idea of a Bergsonian metaphilosophy which states that, in a universe with no static foundations, there can never be first philosophies. In other words, if everything is changing, then this must be no less true of philosophy.

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About the Author

John Mullarkey is Professor of Film and Television at Kingston University. He previously taught at the University of Dundee (2004-2010) and the University of Sunderland (1994-2004). He is the author of Bergson and Philosophy (1999), Post-Continental Philosophy: An Outline (2006), and Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality (2010), and is an editor of Film-Philosophy and co-editor of The Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy (2009) as well as Laruelle and Non-Philosophy (2012). John Ó Maoilearca is Professor of Film and TV at Kingston University, London. In 2014, his name reverted from the English ‘Mullarkey’ to the original Irish, ‘Ó Maoilearca’, which ultimately translates as ‘follower of the animal’.