Bergson, Henri

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Bergson, Henri

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  • Bergson, Henri-Louis

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Born in 1941 in Paris, Henri Bergson grew up in London and Paris, and studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Though initially interested in mathematics, his interest shifted to philosophy and classical studies. He received his doctorate in 1889 for a work on time and free will. In 1898 he became a tenured university professor at his Alma Mater, before being offered the chair of Greek philosophy at the Collège de France in 1900, a post that he held until 1921. In 1914 he was elected to the Académie Française, and in 1927 Bergson won the Nobel Prize in Literature (awarded in 1928). He died in 1941 after a long illness.

At the suggestion of Léon Bourgeois, Bergson became the inaugural President of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC) in 1922 (Renoliet 1999, p. 23). He remained in this role until 1925 when he fell ill and resigned. He was succeeded by Hendrik Antoon Lorentz.


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International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation

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Henri Bergson was President of the ICIC.

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Created by Jan Stöckmann 07-08-2015.




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