Henri Bergson

Creative Evolution
Table of Contents

Citation: Henri Bergson. "Table of Contents",  Creative Evolution, translated by Arthur Mitchell, Ph.D. New York: Henry Holt and Company (1911).

Editors' Note: The jacket of a recent republication of this book described it as "the fullest expression of the philosopher's ideas about the problem of existence, propounding a theory of evolution completely distinct from those of earlier thinkers and scientists."  We present it to supplement Mead's review of the book (1907) at the time of its original publication in French. During the summer quarter of the 1926-1927 academic year, Mead taught a course on Bergson's Philosophy. Student notes from this course can be found among the Mead Papers archived at the University of Chicago.

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Translator's Note


The Evolution of Life --  Mechanism and Teleology


The Divergent Directions of the Evolution of Life -- Torpor, Intelligence, Instinct


On the Meaning of Life -- The Order of Nature and the Form of Intelligence


The Cinematographical Mechanism of Thought and the Mechanistic Illusion -- A Glance at the History of Systems -- Real Becoming and False Evolutionism


No notes

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