Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence

2016.01.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Kreps, Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 238pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137412195.
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2016.01.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Kreps, Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 238pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137412195. Reviewed by John Protevi, Louisiana State University This book yields mixed results. It is admirably bold and ambitious, but two omissions detract from its accomplishments: it omits many conceptual distinctions expected by philosophers and it omits areas of ongoing philosophical and scientific research pertinent to its claims. While perhaps part of those omissions can be chalked up to the goals of the author ("both to inform those aware of philosophy concerning the developments in environmental biology; and, perhaps more importantly, vice versa," p. 1)[1], their cumulative impact nonetheless limits the benefits for philosophers. The book's strength are concentrated in the second, fourth, and fifth of its six total chapters. Chapter 1 provides a quick overview. Chapter 2 traces. . .

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