Philosophy Faculty Publications

Title

Action and Forgetting: Bergson Theory of Memory

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2016

Publication Source

Philosophy Today

Abstract

This paper is about the Bergsonian synchronization of the perpetual present or memory with the passing present or the body. It shows how forgetting narrows and focuses consciousness on the needs of action and how motor memory allows the imagining of the useful side of memory. The paper highlights the strength of Bergson’s analysis by respectively confronting classical theories of memory, the highly regarded perspective of the phenomenological school, Deleuze’s interpretation of Bergsonism, and Sartre’s theory of mental imagery.

Inclusive pages

347-370

ISBN/ISSN

0031-8256

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Volume

60

Issue

2

Peer Reviewed

yes