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Bergson and Phenomenology

  • Michael R. Kelly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Bergson’s Phenomenological Reception: the Spirit of a Dialogue of Self-Resistance

  3. Reading Bergson Anew: a Foundation for the Bergson/ Phenomenology Debate

  4. Intersections: the Bergson/ Phenomenology Debate

  5. Life-World and Life: the Fundament of the Bergson/ Phenomenology Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Pierre Kerszberg
      Pages 223-244
    3. Renaud Barbaras
      Pages 258-272
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-277

About this book


Examining the revival of Bergsonism for phenomenology, leading scholars of both areas inaugurate a dialogue long overdue. By assessing phenomenology's readings of Bergson and Bergsonian challenges to phenomenological methods, the essays in this volume explore anew the issues of central concern in contemporary continental philosophy.


concept Edmund Husserl Emmanuel Lévinas Jean-Paul Sartre liberty Maurice Merleau-Ponty phenomenology philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Kelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBoston CollegeUSA

About the editors

ALIA AL-SAJI is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, Canada RENAUD BARBARAS is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at l'université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France RUDOLF BERNET is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and President of the Husserl Archives. STEPHEN CROCKER is Associate Professor of Sociology and Humanities at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. NICOLAS DE WARREN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College, USA, and has been a visiting faculty member of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research and Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille3 PETE A.Y. GUNTER is currently Regents' University Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas, USA GARY GUTTING teaches at the University of Notre Dame, USA, where he holds the Notre Dame Endowed Chair in Philosophy LEONARD LAWLOR is Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University, USA PIERRE KERZSBERG is Professor of Philosophy at University Toulouse, France HANNE JACOBS is a doctoral student in philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and is supported by the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO). JOHN MULLARKEY has taught philosophy for the last 15 years at the University of Sunderland, England (1994-2004) and the University of Dundee, Scotland (2004 to date). TREVOR PERRI is a doctoral student in philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and is supported by the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO). FRÉDÉRIC WORMS is Professor at the Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille3 and Director of the Centre international d'étude de la philosophie française contemporaine at the Ecole normale supérieure of Paris, France DAN ZAHAVI is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Danish National Research Foundation's Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bibliographic information


'Michael Kelly has put together an exceptionally strong collection of essays that seeks a dialogue between Bergson and phenomenology and that features work by both leading continental philosophers and phenomenologists and aspiring young scholars. Such a collection of essays is long overdue. The essays, which cover topics ranging from time, consciousness, and affect to life, evolution, and ethics, are rich and varied. The collection represents a most welcome contribution to the emerging new literature on Bergson and succeeds in showing that Bergson is refreshingly contemporary. Highly recommended. ' - Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

'The virtue of Michael R. Kelly's volume is not only to have reconstructed debates between Bergson and classical phenomenologists but, more importantly, to propose a Bergsonian contribution to such central phenomenological topics as subjectivity, time, embodiment, nothingness, life, and freedom.' - Alexandre Lefebvre, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

'...the publication of this book is so welcome...' -Akos Krassoy, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie