Bergson, Politics, and Religion Paperback – Jul 16 2012
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"Will be warmly welcomed by students of early twentieth century polemological, political psychological and perhaps political ecological action as well." -- Paul Timmermans Political Studies Review "The strength of this book is the way that it remedies the scholarly neglect of Henri Bergson's political and religious thought, especially as found in his last book, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion. Together, these essays provide a more well-rounded view of Bergson's complete project and show how he can contribute to rethinking a number of current issues in sociological, political, and religious thought."-John Protevi, author of Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic "This timely collection offers the most sustained and expansive investigation to date of Henri Bergson's understanding of the political and of religion. Critical essays by respected scholars of Bergson's multifaceted work are preceded by a superb, rigorously argued, and lucid introductory analysis of his guiding concepts and intuitions. The collection as a whole invites us to reconsider what a truly Bergsonian 'actualization of philosophy within politics' looked like during Bergson's time, as well as what further promise it may contain for the diplomatic, deliberative, and radically democratic challenges that face us today. It shows too how deeply Bergson's pragmatic lesson relied on his increasing awareness of the resources of the religious archive, particularly of mysticism. As such, this book offers a remarkable new point of departure in the ongoing and all too predictable controversies concerning religion and politics, nationalism and internationalism, war and peace."-Hent de Vries, author of Philosophy and the Turn to Religion "The editors of and contributors to this volume make a good case that researchers interested in questions of the history of Continental political and religious thought may benefit from a close look at the work of Bergson. Recommended." -- R.C. Robinson, Choice "The introduction by the editors is excellent and the essays are of a uniformly high quality, with several taking 'Bergsonian' thought into new territory. Both Bergson scholars and those new to his work will find much here that will stimulate thinking." -- Keith Robinson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "Those new to Bergson will ?nd ?rst-rate introductions, written by leading scholars, to Bergson's relation to the humanities and social sciences. Those already initiated into Bergson scholarship will ?nd their thought ignited anew as these expert voices advance a dimension of Bergson's thought overlooked in these salad days of Bergson studies." -- Michael R. Kelly French Studies
About the Author
Alexandre Lefebvre is Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza. Melanie White is Senior Lecturer in Social Theory at the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales.