Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence

Authors: Kreps, David

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This is a book about evolution from a post-Darwinian perspective. It recounts the core ideas of French philosopher Henri Bergson and his rediscovery and legacy in the poststructuralist critical philosophies of the 1960s, and explores the confluences of these ideas with those of complexity theory in environmental biology.

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David Kreps is a sociologist of technology and philosopher of science. He is Senior Editor of the journal Information Technology and People, author of papers and conference presentations on social Information systems, and is editor of Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment.

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'This is no ordinary introduction to Henri Bergson. What David Kreps' excellent study gives us is Bergson, complexe: first, because there is no simple way to take (or leave) Bergson's ideas his thought of durée, élan, and 'multiplicity' demands the most subtle and nuanced reading to give them their full justice; and second, because only by intertwining his ideas with the most up-to-date research in systems thinking, complexity theory, and poststructuralism can we begin to understand their absolute contemporaneity. Kreps' work does all this and more it gives us the Bergson we need for today.'

-John Mullarkey, author of Bergson and Philosophy

'Kreps' book is a thoroughly researched and well-written work that shows how Bergson's philosophy of evolution and time can also reinvigorate our ideas about complexity and organization in the natural and physical sciences.'

-Stephen Crocker, author of Bergson and the Metaphysics of Media


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Kreps, David

  • Bergson’s Core Ideas

    Pages 16-84

    Kreps, David

  • Bergson Redux

    Pages 85-109

    Kreps, David

  • Systems Theory Grows Up

    Pages 110-150

    Kreps, David

  • Durée Complexe

    Pages 151-210

    Kreps, David

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41220-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137412201
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41219-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-55429-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 238
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