Reassessing Bergson

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019
Faculty of Divinity, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

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Pembroke College
Cambridge CB2 1RF
United Kingdom

Selected speakers:

University of Liverpool
Universität Siegen
Universität Siegen
University of California, Berkeley
University of Southampton
University of Southampton
Université paris 1
Université paris 1
University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
University of Roehampton
University of Roehampton
Utrecht University
École Normale Supérieure
École Normale Supérieure
Spring Hill College


Universität Siegen
Durham University
Cambridge University

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(Note that there is an introductory reading seminar for postgraduate students on the 10th September; for further details please contact


Wednesday 11 September

8.45-9.00. Matyáš Moravec (Cambridge), Welcome & Introduction

9.00-9.45. Anne Sophie Meincke (Southampton), “Lessons from Bergson for (Analytic) Process Metaphysics”

9.45-10.30. Florian Fischer (Siegen), “Bergsonian Answers to Contemporary Persistence Questions”

10.30-11.00: Tea break

11.00-11.45. Mark Sinclair (Roehampton), “Express Yourself! Bergson on Freedom”

11.45-13.00. Lunch

13.00-13.45. Steven Savitt (UBC), “What Bergson Should Have Said to Einstein”

13.45-14.30. Suzanne Guerlac (Berkeley), “Bergson: Misreadings / Rereadings”

14.30-15.00: Tea break

15.00-15.45. Elie During (Paris X Nanterre), “Indeterminacy, Non-Locality and Simultaneity: Uncovering Bergson’s Creative Present”

15.45-16.30. Emmanuel Picavet (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), “Bergsonian Challenges for Our Understanding of Regulation, Interaction and Constraints in Connection With Collective Aspirations.”

Thursday 12 September

8.45-9.00. Opening remarks

9.00-9.45. Barry Dainton (Liverpool), “Bergson, Einstein, and the Fall of Light”

9.45-10.30. Caterina Zanfi (CNRS / ENS), “Time and History in Bergson’s Philosophy”

10.30-11.00. Tea break

11.00-11.45. Frédéric Worms (ENS),“Thinking in Bergson’s Philosophy”

11.45-13.00. Lunch

13.00-13.45. Sonja Deppe (Jena / Landau), “The Benefits of Bergson’s ‘Qualitative Multiplicity’ for Temporal Metaphysics”

13.45-14.15. Tea break

14.15-15.00. Yaron Wolf (Oxford), “Bergson and the Experience of Time: A Contemporary Perspective”

15.00-15.30. Florian Fischer (Siegen), Concluding Remarks

This event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Aristotelian Society, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, the Mind Association, Pembroke College, Cambridge, the Société des amis de Bergson, and co-organised together with the Society for Philosophy of Time.

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September 10, 2019, 5:00am BST

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