Henri Bergson: Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience [Time and Free Will]

(4637 words)

Henri Bergson’s philosophy was incredibly popular during the early part of the twentieth century and unsurprisingly his influence on a range of disciplines, including literature and the arts, was significant. There is only one work, his book on laughter (Le Rire, 1900), which directly addresses literary tropes, but there is a recurrent theme of creativity that subtends his broader philosophical investigations, and Bergson’s thought had a pervasive influence on Modernist writing in English, notably through his admirer T. E. Hulme and the poet T.S Eliot, who both attended his lectures in Paris. T.S. Eliot’s early work and ideas owed a debt to Bergson, although it was his later criticisms that received greater attention, based …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Atkinson, Paul. "Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 January 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=10518, accessed 11 February 2016.]