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A Topical Review
Henri Louis Bergson's

Time and Free Will

(tr. 1910 and prior, F. L. Pogson, Oxford)

by Doug Renselle

This review was unplanned. It arose from our need to understand Bergson's heterogeneous time.
We need to know his view of time for our review of William James Sidis' The Animate and the Inanimate.

Our review is in a simple side-by-side table format. Direct and extensive quotes from Bergson appear, by page
number in our table's left column. Our comments appear in that table's right side, aligned by page and paragraph.
We provide our own derived index, by topic number, to quoted sections of Bergson's, Time and Free Will.
Each index entry offers Bergson's own topic subtitles.

Doug's Pre-review Comments

Please go to above link first, if you are interested in how Bergson's works could have prevented our recent CeodE 2007-2010 global financial meltdown.
Especially if you have read Doug's Hodgepodge and his comments re: David X. Li's mathematical faux pas.
Doug - 7,10,12,16,18,19Mar2009, 23Jan2010.

Major edits to some topics below appear as red text and sometimes pink backgrounds:

Translator's Preface, pp. v-viii
Bibliography, pp. ix-xviii
Author's Preface, pp. xix-xx
Chapter I The Intensity of Psychic States, pp. 1-74 Topic 19 Add p. 103 commentary narrative and link. 20Mar2015 - Doug. Duration, Succession and Space, pp. 100-103
Topic 1 Intensity And Extensity, pp. 1-6 Topic 20 Pure Duration, pp. 104-106
Topic 2 Deep-Seated Feelings, pp. 7-11 Topic 21 Is Duration Measurable?, pp. 107-110
Topic 3 The Aesthetic Feelings, pp. 12-18 Topic 22 Is Motion Measurable?, pp. 111-112
Topic 4 The Moral Feelings, pp. 19-20 Topic 23 The Eleatic Paradox, pp. 113-114
Topic 5 Muscular Effort, pp. 21-26 Topic 24 Duration and Simultaneity, pp. 115-116
Topic 6 Attention and Tension, pp. 27-28 Topic 25 Velocity and Simultaneity, pp. 117-120
Topic 7 Violent Emotions, pp. 29-31 Topic 26 Two Kinds of Multiplicity, pp. 121-123
Topic 8 Affective Sensations, pp. 32-38 Topic 27 The Idea of Disorder, pp. 124-128
Topic 9 Representative Sensations, pp. 39-42 Topic 28 The Two Aspects of the Self, pp. 129-139
Topic 10 Sensation of Sound, pp. 43-46 Chapter III The Organization of Conscious States - Free Will, pp. 140-240
Topic 11 Sensation of Heat, pp. 47 Topic 29 Dynamism and Mechanism, pp. 140-142
Topic 12 Sensation of Weight, pp. 48-49 Topic 30 Physical Determinism, pp. 143-155
Topic 13 Sensation of Light, pp. 50-60 Topic 31 Psychological Determinism, pp. 156-164
Topic 14 Psychophysics, pp. 61-72 Topic 32 The Free Act, pp. 165-173
Topic 15 Intensity and Multiplicity, 73-74 Topic 33 Real Duration and Contingency, pp. 174-182
Chapter II The Multiplicity of Conscious States -
The Idea of Duration, pp. 75-139
Topic 34 Real Duration and Prediction, pp. 183-198
Topic 16 Numerical Multiplicity and Space, pp. 75-89 Topic 35 (p. 201 Real Duration and Causality, pp. 199-221
Topic 17 (p. 94 Space and Homogeneity, pp. 90-97 Conclusion Conclusion, pp. 222-240
Topic 18 Homogeneous Time and Space, pp. 98-99 Index INDEX, pp. 241-252

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©Quantonics, Inc., 2001-2028 — Rev. 20Mar2015  PDR — Created 23Feb2001  PDR
(19Dec2001 rev - Add top of page frame-breaker.)
(2Jun2002 rev - Final review touch-ups prior to publication.)
(11Feb2003 rev - Announce changes to topic 21.)
(17Jun2003 rev - Add Chapter Title links to Pogson's Index item on 'Duration.')
(17Nov2003 rev - Announce extended comments to topic 28.)
(24Feb2004 rev - Remove legacy red text and announcements.)
(26Feb2004 rev - Announce topic 29 rev.)
(13Jul2004 rev - Announce topic 29 rev.)
(26Jul2004 rev - Announce Conclusion rev.)
(14Nov2004 rev - Announce topic 29 rev.)
(21Apr2005 rev - Add topic 21, p. 107 text aside.)
(7Oct2005 rev - Add topic 29, p. 141 text bracketed comments.)
(14May2006 rev - Extend p. 13 comments significantly.)
(24Jun2006 rev - Add Renée Weber quote under Translator's Preface. Massive respell.)
(20Oct2006 rev - Update topic 25.)
(10Nov2006 rev - Update topic 28.)
(6Aug2007 rev - Repair prior Topic 3, p. 13 comments.)
(29Jan2008 rev - Updates to Topic 22.)
(28Feb2008 rev - Updates to Topic 35.)
(11,14Mar2008 rev - Updates to Topic 17. Repair Topic 10, p. 45 comment on
(15Jan2009 rev - Make page current.)
(11Feb2009 rev - Excise legacy markups.)
(7,9Mar2009 rev - Add page top comments and links re: global financial meltdown, Bergson, and David X. Li. Repair David X. Li's name spelling.)
(Add new QELR links to Translator's Preface.)
(23Jan2010 rev - Update Topic 23 p. 114 commentary on classical vav quantum simultaneity and duration vav Eleatic Paradox.)
(5,10,12,16,18-19Mar2010 rev - Update Topic 31, p. 156; Topic 30, p. 144; update Topic 23, p. 114; update Topic 22, p. 112; Topic 19, p. 100; more updates to Topic 22 asides.)
(2Jun2010 rev - Add new aremaCamera.gif to Topic 22 and some new red text comments.)
(12Jan2011 rev - Update Topic 29, p. 141 on quantum~spontaneity's enabler: quantization.)
(14Mar2012 rev - Add updates to Conclusion.)
(15-17Sep2013 rev - Update Conclusion, p. 224 commentary re intensity, duration, voluntary determination. Update Topic 32, p. 165 commentary.)
(20Mar2015 rev - Add Topic 19, p. 103 narrative and link.)