Bergson and Phenomenology by Michael R. Kelly (eds.)

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See E. Husserl, Logische Untersuchungen, II/1 (Tübingen, 1980); English translation by J. Findlay as Logical Investigations (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1970), Volume II, Third Investigation, paragraphs 1 and 2. ’ Whenever we see this word ‘translation’ in Bergson, we should keep in mind that translations can always be perfected. See G. Deleuze, Le pli. Leibniz et le Baroque (Paris: Minuit, 1988), 28; English translation by T. Conley as The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993), 20.

Mullarkey, ‘Introduction,’ in The New Bergson, 1–3. H. Bergson, Bergson: the Key Writings, ed. K. Ansell-Pearson and J. Mullarkey (London: Continuum Press, 2002), 362. Compare, P. Douglass, Bergson, Eliot and American Literature (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1986), 7. I am indebted to Pierre Kerszberg for having brought this similarity between Husserl and Bergson’s method to my attention. I learned of and was persuaded by this interesting parallel while attending his seminar, ‘Bergson and Husserl on Perception and Imagination,’ offered in the spring semester of 1998 at the New School for Social Research, New York.

To think in terms of duration is the Bergsonian imperative par excellence. So, as Bergson says, 30 Bergson and Phenomenology ‘pure duration excludes all idea of juxtaposition, reciprocal exteriority, and extension’ (PM 164/1398). We come then to the third image, which is an elastic being stretched. Bergson tells us first to contract the elastic to a mathematical point, which represents the now of our experience. Then, draw it out to make a line growing progressively longer. But, he warns us not to focus on the line but on the action which traces it.

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