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Immanence and Method Bergson's Early Reading of Spinoza

Immanence and Method Bergson's Early Reading of Spinoza 1. Introduction: History, Difference, and Error With the publication of the notes from Bergson’s early courses, it has become possible to investigate the tradition of thinking t h a t Bergson understood himself t o be working within. A historical investigation of this understanding is valuable for at least two reasons. First, it allows us to appreciate the decisive interventions t h a t Bergson’s thought makes within the postKantian tradition. Part of Bergson’s popularity was due to his insistence upon “beginning anew” in thinking.’ However, while there is certainly much t h a t is new in Bergson’s thought, t o emphasize this element of novelty a t t h e price of occluding Bergson’s scholarly work on the history of philosophy is to simultaneously deprive Bergson’s own philosophy of the depth and relevance that it gathers through its resonance with other great thinkers and, inversely, to fail t o understand the critical force of Bergson’s intellectual creativity. Second, in addition to being valuable as a n elaboration of the stakes in a particular moment of the history of philosophy, a historical investigation of Bergson’s reading of Spinoza also affords us the opportunity to work out and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Journal of Philosophy Wiley

Immanence and Method Bergson's Early Reading of Spinoza

The Southern Journal of Philosophy , Volume 42 (2) – Jun 1, 2004

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Wiley
Copyright
2004 The University of Memphis
ISSN
0038-4283
eISSN
2041-6962
DOI
10.1111/j.2041-6962.2004.tb00995.x
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1. Introduction: History, Difference, and Error With the publication of the notes from Bergson’s early courses, it has become possible to investigate the tradition of thinking t h a t Bergson understood himself t o be working within. A historical investigation of this understanding is valuable for at least two reasons. First, it allows us to appreciate the decisive interventions t h a t Bergson’s thought makes within the postKantian tradition. Part of Bergson’s popularity was due to his insistence upon “beginning anew” in thinking.’ However, while there is certainly much t h a t is new in Bergson’s thought, t o emphasize this element of novelty a t t h e price of occluding Bergson’s scholarly work on the history of philosophy is to simultaneously deprive Bergson’s own philosophy of the depth and relevance that it gathers through its resonance with other great thinkers and, inversely, to fail t o understand the critical force of Bergson’s intellectual creativity. Second, in addition to being valuable as a n elaboration of the stakes in a particular moment of the history of philosophy, a historical investigation of Bergson’s reading of Spinoza also affords us the opportunity to work out and

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The Southern Journal of PhilosophyWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2004

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