chapter  2
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A Brief Theory of Waiting: Henri Bergson’s Two

Henri Bergson’s (1859-1941) philosophy of time, famous in Europe and America around the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century and now increasingly rediscovered, will prove useful if we want to pursue the question in what time we find ourselves when the clock is stopped. Can such a time be known at all? Can it be known without immediate recourse to the measurements of the clock? Bergson, as we shall see, offers answers to both questions: the question what time is when clocks are stopped, and the question how we can know time without measuring it.