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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The philosophy of Henri Bergson, which asserts that the flow of time personally experienced is free and unrestricted rather than measured on a clock and contends that all living forms arise from a persisting natural force, the élan vital.

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  • In Bergsonism (1966), Deleuze develops the ideas of virtuality and multiplicity that will serve as the backbone of his later work.

    Gilles Deleuze

  • But it is clear that Sartre devoted much of his early philosophical attention to combating the then influential Bergsonism and that mention of Bergson's name decreases as that of Heidegger grows in Sartre's writings of the "vintage" existentialist years.

    Jean-Paul Sartre

  • Clearly most of the themes of irrationalism are pres - ent in Bergsonism in which they are compressed: vital - ism, criticism of science insofar as it consists of hy - potheses, and general distrust of the abstract intellect.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Philosophy, you will say, doesn't lie flat on its belly in the middle of experience, in the very thick of its sand and gravel, as this Bergsonism does, never getting a peep at anything from above.

    A Pluralistic Universe Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

  • Lipstick Traces is informed by a cryto-Bergsonism, a sense that reification consists in the encrustation and calcification of the living body.

    k-punk

  • (cubism, futurism, Bergsonism, syndicalism, or the like) I go to her, certain that she will know all about it.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

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