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Henri Bergson ( – ) introduced new life to French philosophy, Duration and Simultaneity deals with one of the great Bergsonian themes, time. Henri Bergson, Duration and Simultaneity: Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Time, Duration and Freedom – Bergson’s Critical Move Against Kant. Time Duration and Simultaneity . Chia (), inspired by process philosopher Henri Bergson’s thinking about time, argued against the way knowledge about.

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The analogy is good up to duratiob point, but it breaks down precisely where it is most needed. Bergson and the Vitalist ControversyNew York: Indeed, for Bergson, closed morality is always concerned with war. Time and Free Will: But then, second, one should make the effort to dilate one’s duration into a continuous heterogeneity.

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Structured around its needs and interests, our intelligence fails to recognize this ultimate reality. What matters at the moment is not allotting it shares of truth or error but seeing Nearly where ex- perience ends and theory begins.

The Creative Mindtr. But it does not halt.

The result of the bwrgson of a stationary ether is thus shown to be incorrect, and the necessary conclusion follows that the hypothesis is erroneous. When Einstein’s general relativity theory received confirmation at the eclipse ofit was universally acclaimed as a logical development of his special theory ofand the “relativity” theory then began to be ascribed to him alone.

Unlike space, time is not measurable by objective standard. The many mystical ideas that have been built on the supposed discovery that there is in nature some objective thing called “space- time,” while space and time are merely the subjective products of our arbitrary analysis of this “reality”-these ideas can now be dismissed as purely fictional.


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There is some controversy surrounding this book. The tendency not to differentiate between “system” and “system of reference’ was, moreover, immanent in the theory of relativity from the beginning, since it was by immobilizing the earth, by taking this composite system as our system of reference, that the in- variability of the result of the Michelson-Morley experiment was explained.

In fact, we shall soon demonstrate how, after Einstein, we can make S any system at all, provisionally im- mobilized by the mind, and how it is then necessary to attrib- ute to S’, considered from the point of view of S, the same temporal and spatial distortions that Peter attributed to Paul’s system. As we already noted, Bergson’s thought must be seen as an attempt to overcome Kant. You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception.

And physics confirms it.

Duration and simultaneity – CERN Document Server

The time of the system has expanded. Find it on Scholar. Closed morality and static religion are concerned with social cohesion. All is then for the best, and a good genie has arranged things this way.

As always with Bergson, Kant is at issue, in this case his moral philosophy. This placement of oneself up above the turn is not easy; above all else, Bergson appreciates effort. More often, this will be unnecessary.


But I pass through them, and what you perceive from your fixed observatory happens to appear quite sjmultaneity ently to me. It is, in fact, essential in this theory to disperse an endless number of synchronized clocks, and therefore ob- servers, over its “system of reference.

This contention is tried out here against the major movement in physics of the day; relativity.

Descartes posited that everything relating to physics is spread out and moving in simultaneihy he thereby gave the ideal formula of a universal mechanism. Views Read Edit View history. The survival of the community requires that there be strict obedience: The second cone image represents these different regions with horizontal lines trisecting the cone.

The Meaning of Relativity. During the same year he retired from his teaching duties. Durafion, between two electric charges, both at rest in the ether, only an electrostatic force would appear; but if, though still relatively at rest, they were moving in the ether, they would constitute two electric currents between which an additional force would operate.

And yet, without real time, the point would be only a point, not an instant. It attempts to bergosn that there are two sources from which two kinds of morality and religion evolve.

As early asthe thesis of the existence of multiple, real times in Einstein’s theory was dramatized in “the clock para- dox of the identical twins.