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[burg-suh n, berg-; French berg-sawn] /ˈbɜrg sən, ˈbɛrg-; French bɛrgˈsɔ̃/
[ahn-ree] /ɑ̃ˈri/ (Show IPA),
1859–1941, French philosopher and writer: Nobel Prize in Literature 1927.
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[burg-soh-nee-uh n, berg-] /bɜrgˈsoʊ ni ən, bɛrg-/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Bergson
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  • Much of this falls under Bergson's conception of humor as social censure.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • It has been revived in our own days by Bergson, Matière et Mémoire, p. 57.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Bergson went over in his mind the things that had held him back.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • The first of these fruitless summers the Bergson boys bore courageously.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • On Sunday afternoon Mrs. Bergson always took a nap, and Alexandra read.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • She looked like her grandmother Bergson, and had her comfortable and comfort-loving nature.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • Mrs. Bergson must have looked just like this when she was a little girl.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • Professor Bergson has himself carefully revised the whole work.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • For the idea of Berkeley, and the image of Bergson, I substitute the term matter.

    The Mind and the Brain

    Alfred Binet
  • Bergson seeks to interpret human life in terms of the universe.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for Bergson


/ˈbɜːɡsən; French bɛrksɔn/
Henri Louis (ɑ̃ri lwi). 1859–1941, French philosopher, who sought to bridge the gap between metaphysics and science. His main works are Memory and Matter (1896, trans. 1911) and Creative Evolution (1907, trans. 1911): Nobel prize for literature 1927
Derived Forms
Bergsonian (bɜːɡˈsəʊnɪən) adjective, noun
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