Bergson and Modern Physics

Volume 7 of the series Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science pp 176-186

An Outline of Bergson’s Philosophy of Mathematics

  • Milič Čapek

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Is it possible to speak of Bergson’s philosophy of mathematics except in a negative sense? This is the usual, textbook interpretation of his philosophy and the fact that he insisted so much on the inapplicability of the concept of arithmetical multiplicity not only to psychology, but also, as we shall see, to physics apparently substantiates it. Yet, this is an oversimplification which does not stand a critical and attentive reading of the relevant texts.