Phallocentrism in Bergson: Life and Matter

Hill, R 2008, 'Phallocentrism in Bergson: Life and Matter', Deleuze Studies, vol. 2, pp. 123-136.


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Title Phallocentrism in Bergson: Life and Matter
Author(s) Hill, R
Year 2008
Journal name Deleuze Studies
Volume number 2
Start page 123
End page 136
Total pages 14
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Abstract Henri Bergson's philosophy presents the relationship between life and matter in both dualistic and monistic terms. Life is duration, a rhythm of incalculable novelty that approaches pure creative activity. In stark contrast, matter is identified with the determinism of homogeneous space. After Time and Free Will, Bergson concedes some share of duration to matter. In this context, his dualism can be understood as a methodological step towards the articulation of a monistic metaphysics of duration. This article suggests that the distinction between life and matter is also motivated by an unconscious imperative to establish a sexed hierarchy. Bergson repeatedly presents life as seminal, while matter is figured in terms of passivity.
Subject Feminist Theory
Keyword(s) Bergson
sexed heirachy
matter
life duration
monism
dualism
extension
ISSN 1750-2241
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