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The Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysics - Softcover
Author: Henri Bergson
Publisher: Dover Publications
The final published book by Nobel Prize-winning author and philosopher Henri Bergson (1859–1941), La pensée et le mouvant (translated here as The Creative Mind), is a masterly autobiography of his philosophical method. Through essays and lectures written between 1903 and 1923, Bergson retraces how and why he became a philosopher, and crafts a fascinating critique of philosophy itself. Until it leaves its false paths, he demonstrates, philosophy will remain only a wordy dialectic that surmounts false problems.
With masterful skill and intensity, Bergson shows that metaphysics and science must be rooted in experience for philosophy to become a genuine search for truth. And in the quest for unanswered questions, the spiritual dimension of human life and the importance of intuition must be emphasized. A source of inspiration for physicists as well as philosophers, Bergson's introduction to metaphysics reveals a philosophy that is always on the move, blending man's spiritual drive with his mastery of the material world.
Reprint of the Philosophical Library, New York, 1946 edition.
I. Introduction (Part I). Growth of Truth. Retrograde Movement of the True
II. Introduction (Part II). Stating of the Problems
III. The Possible and the Real
IV. Philosophical Intuition
V. The Perception of Change
VI. Introduction to Metaphysics
VII. The Philosophy of Claude Bernard
VIII. On the Pragmatism of William James. Truth and Reality
IX. The Life and Work of Ravaisson