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Explores the thought of Henri Bergson, highlighting his compelling theories on the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the physical world. Living Consciousness examines the brilliant, but now largely ignored, insights of French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859–1941). Offering a detailed and accessible analysis of Bergson’s thought, G. William Barnard highlights how Bergson’s understanding of the nature of consciousness and, in particular, its relationship to the physical world remain strikingly relevant to numerous contemporary fields. These range from quantum physics and process thought to philosophy of mind, depth psychology, transpersonal theory, and religious studies. Bergson’s notion of consciousness as a ceaselessly dynamic, inherently temporal substance of reality itself provides a vision that can function as a persuasive alternative to mechanistic and reductionistic understandings of consciousness and reality. Barnard closes the work with several “ruminations” or neo-Bergsonian responses to a series of vitally important questions such as: What does it mean to live consciously, authentically, and attuned to our inner depths? Is there a philosophically sophisticated way to claim that the survival of consciousness after physical death is not only possible but likely?

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Brief Bio-Historical Preamble
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxiii-xxxvii
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  1. Section One: Explorations of Consciousness, Authenticity, Time, and Freedom
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1. The Nature of Consciousness
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. 2. Authenticity
  2. pp. 18-27
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  1. 3. Time
  2. pp. 28-32
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  1. 4. Quantity and Quality
  2. pp. 33-37
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  1. 5. Determinism
  2. pp. 38-45
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  1. 6. Alternative Understandings of the Self
  2. pp. 46-50
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  1. 7. Freedom
  2. pp. 51-67
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  1. Liminal Section. The Dynamism of Matter
  2. p. 69
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  1. 8. The World “Out There”
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. 9. Movement
  2. pp. 73-77
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  1. 10. An Atomistic Understanding of Reality
  2. pp. 78-81
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  1. 11. Going Beyond Classical Physics
  2. pp. 82-87
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  1. 12. Melodies of the Self and the World
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. Section Two. The Matter of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Matter
  2. p. 103
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  1. 13. Contemporary Understandings of Consciousness
  2. pp. 105-120
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  1. 14. Images of the Universe
  2. pp. 121-129
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  1. 15. Nonlocality and Bergson’s Universe of Images
  2. pp. 130-136
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  1. 16. Perceptions and the Brain
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. 17. The Interaction of Perception and Memory
  2. pp. 145-150
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  1. 18. Moving from Perception to Memory
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. 19. The Interweaving of Recollection Memory and Habit Memory
  2. pp. 155-161
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  1. 20. Ruminations on the Hidden Power of Memory
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. 21. The Presence of the Present
  2. pp. 173-179
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  1. 22. Memory and the Brain
  2. pp. 180-192
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  1. 23. Mind and Matter as Different Rhythms of Durée
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. 24. Embodying Memory
  2. pp. 199-215
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  1. 25. Becoming Conscious of the Subconscious
  2. pp. 216-223
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  1. 26. Recollection Memory, Dreams, and the Élan Vital
  2. pp. 224-236
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  1. 27. Bergson and Non-Ordinary Experiences
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. 28. Bergson and the Afterlife
  2. pp. 257-271
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 273-316
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-325
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-342
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438439594
Related ISBN
9781438439570
MARC Record
OCLC
775362006
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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