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Six questions à Arnaud François et Camille Riquier

Rocco Ronchi

In this interview Rocco Ronchi draws the attention of Arnaud François and Camille Riquier on the major theoretical contributions of Bergson’s courses Histoire de l’idée de temps and L’évolution du problème de la liberté at the Collège de France, which they recently edited. The answers provided offer new elements to define the method of a truly Bergsonian history of philosophy, considering it as an act “in the making”; to understand the relation between mysticism and rationality at the light of Bergson’s deep reading of Plotinus’ philosophy; to define the distinction between contingency and indetermination, and therefore the status of human freedom and the position of man in the evolution; and, finally, to consider the legitimacy of a “Spinozian Bergson”. The editors also describe the challenges of their critical work on the courses at the Collège, which is still in progress today. 

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