Online Workshop: Time, Freedom, and Creativity: Bergsonian Perspectives – July 29-30 2021 – Project Bergson in Japan

Dates: July 29, 30.
Time: JST: 17:00-19:00, 21:00-23:00.
Place: Zoom, virtually London (Registeration Required)
Organizers: Project Bergson in Japan and Barry Dainton

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 29

17:00-19:00, Chair: Barry Dainton
Yaron Wolf, Coinciding with Time’s Flow: from Perception to the Manifest Image
Yasushi Hirai, Bergson on Causality

21:00-23:00, Chair: Hisashi Fujita
Kaoru Kamiyama, Bergson on Sympathy
Anne Sophie Meincke, With Bergson Towards a New Bio-Processual Metaphysics of Free Will or: Why Contemporary Philosophers of Free Will Ought to Read Bergson


FRIDAY 30

17:00-19:00, Chair: Tatsuya Murayama
Barry Dainton, Unity and Irreducibility
Hisashi Fujita, On Personality: Analytical and Bergsonian Approaches

21:00-23:00, Chair: Yasushi Hirai
Tatsuya Murayama, Bergson on the Indefinability of Freedom
General Discussion

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Contact: hiraiya@fukuoka-u.ac.jp

 

Call for papers: Fukuoka Meeting of the Global Bergsonism Research Project (an online webinar) – 12, 18, 19 November 2021 – Fukuoka University, Japan

 

*** THE DEADLINE IS EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 1, 2021 ***

Of all the philosophies of the early 20th century, Bergsonism has known the widest diffusion, creating a true global intellectual movement, producing local interpretations and new semantizations of Bergson’s thought. The Global Bergsonism research project aims to produce, via local chapters, a global history of Bergsonism, considered as an emblematic case of philosophical transfer.

A webinar hosted by Penn State University in November 2020 showed the vitality of Bergson studies in North American area by creating fertile crossroads of perspectives, particularly on the question of ecology, life sciences and politics, and postcolonial philosophy. In the next years the project will encourage further research, through five international meetings in Japan, Brazil, Cameroon, Lithuania and Turkey in the framework of the CNRS International Research Network (IRN) “A Chapter in the Global History of Philosophy: New Perspectives on Bergsonism”, whose goals are the writing of a world history of Bergsonism, making available the philosophical contributions to Bergson studies from all over the world, and establishing an international network of scholars and activities in Bergson studies from different geographical areas.

In November 2021 a webinar will be hosted by Fukuoka University, in synergy with the “Project Bergson in Japan” (PBJ) led by Japanese Bergsonian scholars, to focus on Bergson studies in the East Asian area.

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Bergson and Vitalism(s): An Online Workshop – April 29-30, 2021 | Ghent University – University Toulouse Jean Jaurès

This workshop aims to provide a reassessment of the relationship between Bergson’s philosophy of life and vitalism by combining perspectives from historians of philosophy, historians of science, and philosophers. Such a reassessment is needed to gain better understanding of Bergson’s role in the history and philosophy of biology as well as provide a reappraisal of Bergson’s contribution to current debates in biology and the philosophy of biology.

Program

Note 1: Register in advance for this webinar: https://univ-tlse2.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_okQqG78XSTekp8mPuKNqBQ


Note 2: All times below are UTC+2.

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Le CNRS soutient le projet sur le bergsonisme dans l’histoire globale de la philosophie par un IRN

Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique soutient par son outil de coopération international International Research Network le projet « Un chapitre dans l’histoire globale de la philosophie : Nouvelles perspectives sur le bergsonisme » de 2021 à 2025.

Les débats méthodologiques sur l’histoire globale et les transferts culturels ont été extrêmement animés au cours des dernières décennies et ont montré leur fertilité dans la plupart des domaines.

Cependant, en ce qui concerne l’histoire de la philosophie, de telles recherches font encore défaut. La méthodologie de ces enquêtes n’est pas bien définie et dépend encore beaucoup des approches nationales. Les recherches actuelles sur l’histoire de la philosophie, en particulier sur le 20e siècle, traitent néanmoins non seulement des variations historiques au sein des systèmes de pensée, mais aussi des questions relatives à la circulation globale des tendances philosophiques.

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Call for Abstracts: Bergson and Vitalism(s): An Online Workshop – April 29-30, 2021 | University of Ghent

Workshop Organizer: Mathilde Tahar (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)

In his 1907 bestseller Creative Evolution, the French philosopher Henri Bergson, weighed in on one of the burning issues of the day: biological evolution. He used an “image”, the élan vital (vital impetus) to describe the unpredictability, unity and branching nature of the history of life. The book earned Bergson international fame but also cemented the association between his name and a controversial label with a complex history: vitalism. In the words of philosophers Daniel Nicholson and Richard Gawne, nowadays, “to publicly accuse someone of harbouring vitalist views amounts to condemning them to the scorching fires of scientific hell”. This partially explains why current (in particular anglophone) historians and philosophers often ignore or disregard Bergson’s contribution to the history and philosophy of biology. As a result, the importance of Bergson’s philosophy of life in such areas has, until now, mostly been underplayed.                                                                                            

This workshop aims to provide a much-needed reassessment of the relationship between Bergson’s philosophy of life and vitalism by combining perspectives from historians of philosophy, historians of science, and philosophers. Such a reassessment is needed to gain better understanding of Bergson’s role in the history and philosophy of biology as well as provide a reappraisal of Bergson’s important contribution to current debates in biology and philosophy of biology.

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Rappel: Program for the 2020 Global Bergsonism Research Project Webinar November 6-7, and 13

Note 1: Participation in the Webinar is by invitation only. In order to receive the invitation for the Webinar, please email Leonard Lawlor, lul19@psu.edu, or Ted Bergsma, tzb5226@psu.edu.

Note 2: All times below are Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the USA and Canada.


Friday, November 6

Welcome comments 8:45 am


Session 1

Keynote

9:00-11:00am

Moderator: Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University, USA

“History of life and vital dilemmas : a global and Bergsonian discussion between Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago and Frédéric Worms, École Normale Supérieure, Rue d’Ulm, France”

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Bergson Bibliography: Call for contributions

 

As part of the Global Bergsonism project, the Société des Amis de Bergson is launching a completely new Henri Bergson bibliography using the online Zotero platform.

The most recent complete Bergsonian bibliography, edited by Pete Gunter, dates from 1986. It is urgent that a new bibliography be made available to researchers, updated in two directions: firstly to integrate certain linguistic and cultural areas that are only partially represented by Gunter’s bibliography, (2) and also to present the last 34 years of research, which have been among the most productive for Bergsonian researchers around the world, as well as for the edition of Bergson’s manuscripts, correspondence and courses. The new Bergson Bibliography will be the most comprehensive and accessible directory of Bergson studies. It will be a widely distributed, multilingual bibliography, based on the open source software Zotero, available online without a license. 

The platform allows scholars to add and download bibliographical references and is completely public. The current version may be accessed here

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Program for the 2020 Global Bergsonism Research Project Webinar November 6-7, and 13

Note 1: Participation in the Webinar is by invitation only. In order to receive the invitation for the Webinar, please email Leonard Lawlor, lul19@psu.edu, or Ted Bergsma, tzb5226@psu.edu.

Note 2: All times below are Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the USA and Canada

 

Program

Friday, November 6

Welcome comments 8:45 am

Session 1

Keynote

9:00-11:00 am

Moderator: Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University, USA

Frédéric Worms, École normale supérieure, rue d’Ulm, France, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago: “Global Bergsonism”

 

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Publication: Ensaio Sobre Os Dados Imediatos Da Consciência, Traduction par Maria Adriana Camargo Cappello, préface de Débora Cristina Morato Pinto

Débora Cristina Morato Pinto, Departamento de Filosofia – Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Paulo, Brésil.

Maria Adriana Camargo Cappello, Departamento de Filosofia – Universidade Federal do Paraná, Paraná, Brésil

Nous sommes heureuses de vous présenter la première édition critique d’un livre de Bergson préparée et publiée au Brésil. C’est également la première traduction brésilienne de L’Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience, l’ouvrage inaugural du philosophe dont les réflexions ont trouvé un écho tout au long du XXe siècle. Ses analyses sur la durée, l’intensité et la liberté sont continuellement redimensionnées par des discussions contemporaines autour de la psychologie et de la psychanalyse, des neurosciences, de la biologie et de la physique, de l’éthique et de la politique. La traduction commentée dans les notes explicatives vise donc à ouvrir la voie à une lecture attentive et croisée des questions pertinentes.

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Book Review: Penser l’évolution Nietzsche, Bergson, Dewey (Thinking Evolution. Nietzsche, Bergson, Dewey), Antoine Daratos and Paul Walter (eds), 2020

Bruno Rates, University of São Paulo-USP, Brazil / Société des Amis de Bergson

Penser l’Évolution. Nietzsche, Bergson, Dewey (Thinking Evolution. Nietzsche, Bergson, Dewey), released in December 2019 by the prestigious publisher Vrin, is one of the latest contributions in French about the impact of evolutionism on philosophy. In addition to the extensive bibliography on the subject, the book, coordinated by Antoine Daratos and Paul Walter (both from Université Libre de Bruxelles), consists of nine articles and is divided into three sections, each dedicated to the thinkers present in the title. A short introduction is also offered to the readers, operating as a guide that aims, in addition to presenting the chapters, to demonstrate the novelty and pertinence in putting together names as distinct as Nietzsche, Bergson and Dewey vis-à-vis the multiple issues raised by evolutionism. According to Daratos and Walter, “the three authors, far from limiting themselves with importing the results of biology to philosophy, consider the question of evolution as a major strategic challenge for philosophy, as a trampoline that allows them to rethink both the object of philosophy as well as its concepts and methods” (p.9). It is from this thesis that we move to a bigger problem, since, from a broader point of view, the book intends to participate in the debate about the relation between philosophy and science, that, at the passage from the 19th to the 20th century, oscillates more or less between two poles (and what follows is on my behalf): philosophy as a rational justification or appendix of science (from philosophia ancilla theologiae to philosophia ancilla scientiae), or as an irreducible domain (whether ontological, metaphysical, logical, axiological, « experienced/lived », etc.) immune to the discoveries that come from positive data. Recognizing the essential condition of the hypothesis of the evolution of life, Nietzsche, Bergson and Dewey, each in their own way, overcame such an oscillation by showing that it is “possible for philosophy to fully consider the results of the positive sciences while preserving its independence and speculative character” (p. 9). In this review, I will first describe the nine articles of the book and then concentrate on an overall critical analysis. It goes without saying that, despite my critiques, the book represents an important contribution to the topic it aims to explore.

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Book Review: Bergson’dan Mustafa Şekip’e Gülme (Laughing from Bergson to Mustafa Şekip), Aktif Düşünce Yayınları, 2015

Gözde Han, Yıldız Technical University

Laughing from Bergson to Mustafa Şekip is a book which mainly analyses Mustafa Şekip Tunç’s adaptation and translation of Henry Bergson’s Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (Le Rire; essai sur la signification du comique). The authors of the book, Levent Bayraktar and Zeynep Tek, centre their arguments around the translation and adaptation of Bergson’s book by Mustafa Şekip. They analyse the era, the period and the meaning of laughter by integrating articles from Mustafa Şekip Tunç, introductions written by Mehmet Emin Erişirgil and Abdülhak Şinasi Hisar, to Tunç’s “What is Laughing? At Whom are We Laughing?” Bayraktar and Tek mainly clarify the place of Bergsonian thought within the act of laughing in parallel with Mustafa Şekip Tunç’s translation/ adaptation of Bergson’s “Le rire”. Continuer la lecture

Book Review: Interpreting Bergson : Critical Essays, Alexandre Lefebvre et Nils F. Schott (eds.), 2019

Mathilde Tahar, Université Toulouse II, Jean Jaurès

Depuis vingt ans, on observe un regain des études bergsoniennes, venant d’une part de la publication de l’édition critique, d’autre part de l’apparition de nouvelles approches interprétatives, notamment dans le monde anglo-saxon. Ces nouvelles approches partent pour la plupart de l’idée de durée comme efficace du passé dans le présent et émergence de nouveauté, idée proprement bergsonienne, pour en analyser les conséquences dans différents domaines philosophiques. Dans Interpreting Bergson : Critical essays, les éditeurs Alexandre Lefebvre et Nils F. Schott, en rassemblant les analyses critiques de différents auteurs sur des aspects très hétérogènes de la philosophie bergsonienne visent à donner un aperçu de ces nouvelles recherches et, par là aussi, une vue d’ensemble de l’œuvre de Bergson. 

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Bergson au Collège de France (exposition virtuelle)

Cette exposition reprend les pièces présentées au Collège de France à l’occasion de la journée de rencontre du 29 novembre 2019, dont vous pouvez retrouver ici le compte rendu, ainsi que le programme des interventions. Il est également consultable sur Colligere à l’initiative de cette collaboration. Nous tenons à remercier particulièrement Christophe Labaune pour son magnifique travail. 

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