In his book on Bergson, Deleuze states that ʻthere cannot be a difference in kind but only a difference in degree between the faculty of the brain and the function. In short: we have to recognize that there could be no projected research topic less Deleuzian and Bergsonian, a priori, than this one: “On Deleuze’s Bergsonism. The first book dedicated to Gilles Deleuze’s seminal study of Henri Bergson’s philosophy Henri Bergson is widely accepted as one of the most significant.

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May 21, Julian Mathews rated it it was amazing Shelves: This article has no associated abstract. Duration, on the other hand, is the line of multiplicity of quality. They are more than a polemic against the limitations of science and common sense, particularly in Bergson’s elaboration of the explanatory powers of the notion of duration – thinking in terms of time rather than space.

Deleuze’s Bergsonism

You can tell that Deleuze really loves and respects Bergson. Biological structures, though, are a special category of dissipative-structures, according to Capra and the Chilean befgsonism Francisco Varela and Humberto Maturana, from whom Capra derives a number of key themes.

At the heart of the book’s thematic narrative also lies that most contested of Bergsonian doctrines: It’s arguable that if the work of Henri Bergson remains spoken about today, it’s due in no small part to the incredible efforts of Gilles Deleuze, whose philosophy of creation has never ceased to draw on the thought of his venerable predecessor.

In other words, they are able to create ordered structures of cognition by independently selecting that which is of interest in the world, and categorizing it. Is not the growing richness of this perception likely to symbolize the wider range of indetermination left to the choice of the living being in its conduct with regard to things? It’s in this light then, that one ought to consider the Bergson presented here: The virtual, then, is the source of the new, the hybrid, creativity.

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In response to the impinging world the body, brain and nervous system generate a multitude of possible thoughts, actions and utterances, and, as Bergssonism Massumi puts it, Out of the pressing crowd an individual action or expression will emerge and be registered consciously. Where are recollections preserved? The more structural-couplings the organism has, the more it can do with the raw materials of the chaotic, dissipative environment it inhabits.

This is not the case with autopoietic, dissipative systems: We can begin to see, then, how Capra helps us to see the body and the mind as structures which have duration built into them as an ontological ground — not bergsonismm representation, but as progressive differentiation of the dissipative-structure itself.

Indeed, had the book consisted of nothing other than accenting Bergson’s own rethinking of philosophical principles – including and especially the critique of concepts like ‘possibility’, ‘generality’, and ‘the negative’ that lie at its heart – Bergsonism would have earned its price of admission multiple times over.

Does it have anything to recommend it? Bergson himself initially viewed duration as a psychological property only. The idea of repetition still needs unpacking, digging, searching, and exploring. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. In what sense can duration sensibly be seen as an indestructible ontological ground? Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell.

Later in his career he wrote some of the more infamous texts of the period, in particular, Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.

And this body is already awash with virtual complexity of its own from the quantum level up, through the machinery of the cell, to the complex electrical, chemical, hydraulic, pneumatic dsleuze kinetic functioning of the body and its organs.

I believe this notion of repetition and return, the dismantling not by disputation, but by philosophical exploration of linear, chronological time is getting ebrgsonism closer and closer to something that is true. The Impossible Mark Jago. John Mullarkey – unknown.

Sean Watson: The new Bergsonism / Radical Philosophy

Arnason and Paul A. To answer this, Dennett would have to take on the issue of the nature of duration and memory, which, so far, he has not really done. Lovejoy – – International Journal of Ethics 23 4: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.


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The new Bergsonism

This entry has no external links. The Method of Intuition 2. Being Realistic about Reasons T. But how can we have memory that does not involve having representations of some sort? As we have seen, the two are inextricably linked in the forging of subjectivity, as structural-coupling lays down the vast array of dissipative-structures which provide the conditions of possibility for ever more complex, autopoietic processes.

When we produce academic articles, for example, he claims that[t]he biological brain is just bergsonosm part albeit a crucial and special part of a spatially and temporally extended process, involving lots of extraneural operations, whose joint action creates the intellectual product. How indeed can we do without representations of the past? In understanding consciousness, Bergson says that we cannot limit ourselves to the phenomenology of consciousness while bracketing out the rest of the world — for it is precisely the totality, the virtual, which provides the conditions of de,euze for consciousness.

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Is there a real sense in which the cognitive berrgsonism as opposed to the bare biological organism is thus revealed as an extended entity incorporating brain, body, and some aspects of the local environment? Autopoietic systems can learn and adapt to their environment.

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