The Origin of Time

The Origin of Time

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A critical examination of the relationship between the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Henri Bergson, focusing on the central issue of time. The recent renewal of interest in the philosophy of Henri Bergson has increased both recognition of his influence on twentieth-century philosophy and attention to his relationship to phenomenology. Until now, the question of Martin Heideggera€™s debt to Bergson has remained largely unanswered. Heideggera€™s brief discussion of Bergson in Being and Time is geared toward explaining why he fails in his attempts to think more radically about time. Despite this dismissal, a close look at Heideggera€™s early works dealing with temporality reveals a sustained engagement with Bergsona€™s thought. In The Origin of Time, Heath Massey evaluates Heideggera€™s critique of Bergson and examines how Bergsona€™s efforts to rethink time in terms of duration anticipate Heideggera€™s own interpretation of temporality. Massey demonstrates how Heidegger follows Bergson in seeking to uncover a€œprimordial timea€ by disentangling temporality from spatiality, how he associates Bergson with the tradition of philosophy that covers up this phenomenon, and how he overlooks Bergsona€™s ontological turn in Matter and Memory. Through close readings of early major works by both thinkers, Massey argues that Bergson is a much more radical thinker with respect to time than Heidegger allows.Maurice Merleau-Ponty, In Praise of Philosophy and Other Essays, trans. John Wild, James Edie, and John Oa#39;Neill (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1970), 15. 4. ... Jacques Derrida, Of Spirit: Heidegger and the Question, trans.

Title:The Origin of Time
Author:Heath Massey
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-02-23


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