Henri Bergson ( – ) introduced new life to French philosophy, Duration and Simultaneity deals with one of the great Bergsonian themes, time. Henri Bergson, Duration and Simultaneity: Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Time, Duration and Freedom – Bergson’s Critical Move Against Kant. Time Duration and Simultaneity . Chia (), inspired by process philosopher Henri Bergson’s thinking about time, argued against the way knowledge about.

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It materializes the difficulty, so to speak. If, on the other hand, the electromagnetic equations are fundamentally wrong, then “space-time” is merely a characteristic of a false theory- a conception needed to preserve that theory from immediate disproof. He introduced the concept of non-linear time to philosophical investigations of change.

Genuine mystical experience must result in action; it cannot remain simple contemplation of God. It would also have to be able to extract from the motion per’ ceived in space and sharing the simultanelty of its trajectory, the “pure mobility,” the uninterrupted solidarity of the before and after that is given in consciousness as simultqneity indivisible fact- We drew this distinction just before when we were speaking of the fiery path traced out by the shooting star.

Bergson suggests that the traditional association between the model of space and time is incoherent. Now, why had one not yet gone that far openly? Many are incapable of aoing ahead with it; and those who are able to are governed, in this operation, by their type of activity and the nature of their needs.

Subject code Subject category General Relativity simultaneitty Cosmology Keywords space and time Abstract Henri Bergson – introduced new life to French philosophy, ane the non-mathematical sciences from a philosophical simultanekty. With a view to simplifying the exposition we shall grant that the direction SA of simultaneiy beam of light has been so chosen as to be the same as that of the earth’s motion through the ether.

The experiment decided against the Maxwell- Lorentz theory, and this was Michelson’s immediate deduction from it. And, symbols divide the continuity of the duration, leading us into illusions.

Henri Bergson (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

We also notice that we can enumerate the sheep. The paradoxical situation of humanity the only species that wants to know life is also the only one that cannot do so must therefore be overcome. This partial coincidence, as we described above, is what founds intuition.


But, on the other hand, this time can be computed thanks only to the simultaneity of the instant. On the one hand, there is Bergson’s constant suspicion of language; for Bergson, as we noted in the discussion of intuition, language is equivalent to symbols.

But I pass through them, and what you perceive from your fixed observatory happens to appear quite differ- ently to me. We need not, therefore, dwell upon the meaning to assign the “distortion of bodies,” the “slowing of time,” and the “rupture of simultaneity” when we believe in the existence of a motionless ether and a privileged system. What is immediately given to our per- ception, we explained, is a continuity of extension upon which qualities are deployed; more especially, it is a visual continuity of extension, and, therefore, of color.

We once advanced a the- ory of that kind with regard to living species. Why, then, did Einstein not realize that his theory curation hibited asymmetrical aging? On the other hand, a journey of two years would lead at once to an impossibility. From it, the philosopher simultaneigy set forth; to it he will continu- ally have to return, if he wishes to grasp the true meaning of time in the theory of relativity.

Our concept of duration was really the translation of a direct and immediate experi- ence. Not a single dissentient voice has been raised in duratlon to Professor Born’s ruling, and one must conclude— as is indeed evident from other considerations 17 — 16 M.

J. Merleau-Ponty, Bergson . – Duration And Simultaneity – PhilPapers

Our attention may turn away from it and, consequently, from its indivisibility; but when we try to cut it, it is as if we suddenly passed a blade through a flame-we divide only the space it occupied. Its up to you to see what you can do with them.

Common sense will vaguely ponder it. But all things would not seem to us to be unwinding along with the thread, each actual moment of the universe would not be for us the tip of the thread, if we did not have the con- cept of simultaneity at our disposal. Indiana University Press, Now, in this ether, before these optical facts, in the midst of these electromagnetic events, you sit motionless. In naming as succession what I called simultaneity, I would have an in- coherent world or one built on a plan utterly different from yours.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Deleuze realized that Bergson’s most enduring simultanwity to philosophical thinking is his concept of multiplicity. At least, that is how things look at first.

An observer with P will therefore consider that the light has traveled further than an observer with Q, and will therefore accord it a higher velocity than the second observer unless the observers allot different times to the arrival of the pulse at B.

How, then, is time introduced into the description?

For Bergson — and perhaps this is his greatest insight — freedom is mobility. By a communication established between the two in- dividuals entrusted with the synchronizing.

Therefore, it always excludes other societies. The experiment, repeated at different times of the year, for differ- ent speeds of the earth with respect to the ether, has always given the same result.

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The Meaning of Relativity. But the two experi- ences have a part in common. If I now open my eyes, I see that my finger is tracing on the sheet of paper a line that is preserved, where all is juxtaposition and no longer succession; this is the unfolded, which is the record of the result of motion, and which will be its symbol duraion well. Insofar as time had spatial qualities he was willing for it to be spatialized, and so he failed to see the inherent contradictions in the dufation relativity theory that would have made it unnecessary for him to defend his phi- losophy against it.

The metaphy- sician will have a universal consciousness intervene directly.