Bergson, Henri

(1859–1941)
   Philosopher.
   Bergson was born in Paris, to Jewish parents. Between 1900 and 1924 he held a chair at the Collège de France; he was elected to the Académie Française in 1914 and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1928. Among his most important writings were Essai sur les Données Immédiates de la Conscience, Matière et Mémoire, L’Evolution Créatrice and Les Deux Sources de la Morale et de la Religion. In his writings, Bergson emphasised the role of personal intuition in human activity and insisted that humanity should be open to the ‘élan vital’ as the source of free will and creativity. His work was particularly influential among the Modernists of the French Roman Catholic Church, who also rejected the intellectualism of traditional scholastic theology.
   P.A. Gunter, Henri Bergson: A Bibliography (1974);
   J. Maritain, Bergsonian Philosophy and Thomism (1955);
   A.E. Pilkington, Bergson and his Influence (1976).

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