First Published in 1987. This book explores the implications of Henri Bergson's philosophy for contemporary science, discussing the misinformed view that Bergsonism stands for a romantic revival of anti-scientific vitalism notwithstanding. Likewise, this study draws value in that Bergson's philosophy appears to offer guidelines as to how to restore paradigmatic cohesiveness between modern physics and the life sciences. The authors argue that Bergson's ideas stand a better chance of being appreciated and their heuristic value harnessed today because the infra-structure alluded to before, is now in place.

part I|50 pages


chapter I|16 pages

The Dialectic of Intuition and Intellect: Fruitfulness as a Criterion

ByPete A. Y. Gunter

chapter |10 pages

Durational Succession and Proto-Mental Agency

ByAndrew G. Bjelland

chapter |13 pages

Intuition, Event-Atomism, and the Self

ByJames W. Felt

part II|148 pages


chapter 5|73 pages

Aspects of Henri Bergson's Psycho-Physical Theory

ByAndrew C. Papanicolaou

chapter 6|20 pages

Bergson's Theory of the Mind-Brain Relation

ByMilič Čapek

chapter 7|26 pages

Bergson and the Brain: A Bio-Logical Analysis of Certain Intuitions

ByKarl H. Pribram

chapter 8|12 pages

Bergson and Freud on Aphasia: A Comparison

ByArthur L. Benton

chapter 9|14 pages

Bergson and the French Neuropsychiatry Tradition

ByAthanase Tzavaras

part III|101 pages


chapter |18 pages

Bergson and the Modern Psychology of Creativity

ByFrank Barron

chapter 12|21 pages

Some Thoughts on the Relevance of Bergson to Contemporary Psychology

ByMari Riess Jones

chapter 13|33 pages

Consciousness, Quantum Mechanics, and Random Physical Processes

ByRobert G. Jahn, Brenda J. Dunne

part IV|78 pages

Towards a Unified Science: Philosophical and Scientific Evaluations

chapter 14|10 pages

Bergson and the Unification of the Sciences

ByHenry P. Stapp

chapter 15|25 pages

Bergson's Duration and Quantal Spacetime Non-Separability

ByOliver Costa de Beauregard

chapter 16|10 pages

Consciousness and Cosmology: Their Interrelations

ByGeorge Wald

chapter 17|16 pages

Bergson, Whitehead, and Psychical Research

ByLeonard Eslick

chapter 18|14 pages

Bergson's Aesthetic Creationism Compared to Whitehead's

ByCharles Hartshorne