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During, Elie. «'A History of Problems' : Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition ». Article publié dans le Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 35, n° 1, janvier 2004.

On the place of Bergson in French philosophy.

Horkheimer, Max. “On Bergson's Metaphysics of Time,” Radical Philosophy, no. 113, May -June 2005, pp. 9-19.

Nizan, Paul. “The End of a Philosophic Parry: Bergsonism,” Les Revues, 1929, reprinted in Paul Nizan, Intellectuel Communiste (Paris:Maspero, 1967). Translated by Mitchell Abidor.

Politzer, Georges. “After the Death of M. Bergson,” La Pensée Libre, no. 1 February 1941; reprinted in Ecrits 1; La Philosophie et les Mythes, edited by Jacques Debouzy (Paris: Éditions Sociales, 1969). Translated by Mitch Abidor.

Politzer highlights the anti-Enlightenment stance of fascism and explains why only Bergson's Jewish origin kept the Nazis from showering him with more explicit praise.

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Adorno, Theodor W. Against Epistemology: A Metacritique: Studies in Husserl and the Phenomenological Antinomies, translated by Willis Domingo (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1984; Chapter 1: Critique of Logical Absolutism; section: Concept of Intuition, pp. 45-47. (Orig. English translation 1982, orig. German 1956.)

Antliff, Mark. Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art, and Culture in France, 1909-1939. Duke University Press, 2007.

Antliff, Mark. “The Fourth Dimension and Futurism: A Politicized Space,” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 82, No. 4 (Dec., 2000), pp. 720-733.

Bloch, Ernst. Heritage of Our Times (1935), translated by Neville and Stephen Plaice. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991. See “Bergson’s élan vital,” pp. 319-324.

Burwick, Frederick; Douglass, Paul; eds. The Crisis in Modernism: Bergson and the Vitalist Controversy. Cambridge [UK]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992. See table of contents and publisher description.

Cornu, Auguste. “Bergsonianism and Existentialism,” in Philosophic Thought in France and the United States, edited by Marvin Farber (Buffalo: University of Buffalo, 1950), pp. 151-168. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1968.)

Grogin, R. C. The Bergsonian Controversy in France, 1900-1914. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 1988.

Jones, Donna V. “The Career of Living Things Is Continuous: Reflections on Bergson, Iqbal and Scalia,” Qui Parle, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2012, pp. 225-248.

Jones, Donna V. The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Negritude, Vitalism, and Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. See also Interview with Donna Jones & Donna Jones’s web site.

Lane, Jeremy F. Review: Donna V. Jones, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négritude, Vitalism, and Modernity, H-France Review, Vol. 12 (August 2012), No. 108, pp. 1-4.

Theories of Life in the 20th and 21st Centuries conference at Rutgers University on February 26th, 2011 (5 videos)

Quirk, Tom. Bergson and American Culture: the Worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990.


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