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The IntervalRelation and Becoming in Irigaray, Aristotle, and Bergson$
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Rebecca Hill

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823237241

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823237241.001.0001

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Dualism in Bergson

Dualism in Bergson

(p.91) 4. Dualism in Bergson
The Interval

Rebecca Hill

Fordham University Press

This chapter introduces Bergson's metaphysics. It is argued that he privileges a concept of the interval as the threshold of duration and intuition. Bergson's postulation of the temporal interval depends upon a dualism he establishes between duration and space. The chapter presents his dualism between space and duration under several aspects. It looks at Bergson's critical description of how intellectual knowledge obscures the possibility of an intuitive philosophy of real time. Then, it reads his deduction of duration as the threshold of difference in Time and Free Will. The chapter also analyzes Bergson's account of the relationship between language and thought. It suggests that his project is characterized by a desire to transcend all symbolism and present intuition in its purity, untainted by language.

Keywords:   Bergson, duration, space, difference in degree, difference in nature, life

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