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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.


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, December 2000, pp. 720-733.

Antliff, Mark. Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993. See also: Inventing Bergson: The Politics of Time and Modernity (Excerpts).

Bachelard, Gaston. The Dialectic of Duration, translated and annotated by Mary McAllester Jones; introduction by Cristina Chimisso. Manchester: Clinamen, 2000. Reprint: London; New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016.

Bachelard, Gaston. Intuition of the Instant (1932), translated from the French by Eileen Rizo-Patron. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2013.

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.

Canales, Jimena. The Physicist & the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Casarino, Cesare. “Gramsci’s Bergson,” in Gramsci in the World, edited by Roberto Dainotto and Fredric Jameson (Durham: Duke University Press, 2020), pp. 77-92.

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;  Bergsonism, pp. 156-161. (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)

Ort, Thomas. Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel Čapek and His Generation, 1911-1938. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Note the influence of Bergson and pragmatism, and Čapek’s disillusionment with Bergson.

Politzer, Georges. Le Bergsonisme: une mystification philosophique. Paris: Éditions Sociales, 1947 (orig. 1929).

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

Stebbing, L. Susan. Pragmatism and French Voluntarism, with Especial Reference to the Notion of Truth in the Development of French philosophy from Maine de Biran to Professor Bergson. Cambridge, UK: The University Press, 1914.

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