Robin Durie is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter. He has published a number of articles on time and the phenomenology of temporality. He has a strong commitment to transdisciplinary research, underpinned by his work on complexity theory, in such areas as environmental sustainability, healthcare, community regeneration, and swarm robotics.
WANDERING AMONG SHADOWS: THE DISCORDANCE OF TIME IN LEVINAS AND BERGSON
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2010
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The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 371–392, December 2010
How to Cite
Durie, R. (2010), WANDERING AMONG SHADOWS: THE DISCORDANCE OF TIME IN LEVINAS AND BERGSON. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 48: 371–392. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2010.00039.x
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2010
One of the earliest examples of articulating the “discordance of time”—a theme that serves as a guiding thread woven throughout much of the re-engagement with time that is characteristic of continental philosophy—can be found in a series of essays written by Levinas in the aftermath of World War II. I show how these essays derive from a set of key texts by Bergson and how Bergson already anticipated the distinctive ways of conceptualizing the movement of time that are advanced by Levinas in his early essays. Nevertheless, as I will show, Levinas chooses not to acknowledge this Bergsonian anticipation of his theory of time, despite his recognition, repeated throughout many texts and interviews, of the influence of Bergson on the formation of his own thought. I conclude by reflecting on the complexity of the Bergsonian inheritance in Levinas's philosophy of time.