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Bergson’s Environment: Towards an Ecological Understanding

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Lucas Aguirre

University of San Francisco, US
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This paper draws on the thinking of the French philosopher and biologist Henri Bergson, and attempts an understanding of the environment while considering Bergson’s metaphysics. Why is it that the bulk of the discussion concerning environmental problems takes place within a narrow framework that has difficulty recognizing the intrinsic value of nature? In this paper I try and explain Bergson’s description of the ways that consciousness seeks to know the world around it, and conclude that modern thought fails to recognize the sensual, sympathetic nature of experience. Only through understanding the ecology of our own thoughts can we hope to reach an understanding of the environment and how to live with it in a harmonious and ecologically conscious manner.

How to Cite: Aguirre, L., 2013. Bergson’s Environment: Towards an Ecological Understanding. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 5(2), pp.20 (161–167). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1088
Published on 19 Jun 2013.
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