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[burg-suh-niz-uh m, berg-]
  1. the philosophy of Bergson, emphasizing duration as the central fact of experience and asserting the existence of the élan vital as an original life force essentially governing all organic processes.
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Origin of Bergsonism

First recorded in 1905–10; Bergson + -ism
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  • Bergsonism, too, he holds to be a baneful influence, as reactionary as the Church which eschews it.

    The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920


British Dictionary definitions for bergsonism


  1. the philosophy of Henri Bergson, which emphasizes duration as the basic element of experience and asserts the existence of a life-giving force that permeates the entire natural orderCompare élan vital
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