Perpetual Present: Henri Bergson and Atemporal Duration
European Journal for Philosophy of Religion
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Moravec, M. (2019). Perpetual Present: Henri Bergson and Atemporal Duration. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 11 (3), 197-224. https://doi.org/10.24204/EJPR.V99I0.2629
The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that adjusting Stump and Kretzmann’s “atemporal duration” with la durée, a key concept in the philosophy of Henri Bergson (1859-1941), can respond to the most significant objections aimed at Stump and Kretzmann’s re-interpretation of Boethian eternity. This paper deals with three of these objections: the incoherence of the notion of “atemporal duration,” the impossibility of this duration being time-like and the problems involved in conceiving it as being related to temporal duration by a relation of analogy. I conclude that “atemporal duration” (which has unfortunately come to be regarded with suspicion by most analytic philosophers of religion) – when combined with Bergson’s durée to become an “atemporal durée” – is a coherent understanding of divine eternity.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.24204/EJPR.V99I0.2629
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/288197