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NEWS

NEW BOOK! THE PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE OF iHPS

I am among the editors for this new volume published with Routledge with contributions from early career researchers on methodological, historiographical, and philosophical questions pertaining to the integration of the history and philosophy of science. 

More information here

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HENRI BERGSON, PHILOSOPHER FOR WOMEN?

Take a look at my new article for Aeon magazine on Bergson's female audience. 

In the years following the publication of L'Evolution créatrice in 1907, the hundreds of Parisians and foreign students who would rush to Bergson’s lecture theatre on a weekly basis were many women. This prompted Bergson’s enemies to suggest that he could not be a real philosopher if the least rational beings of all, women, adhered to his philosophy. In addition, in France, the fact that Bergson, a philosopher who was famous for his critique of scientific knowledge and his metaphorical prose about “pure duration” and “intuition”, appealed to so many women, was used as an argument against giving women the vote. Bergson’s female audience members were also accused of attending the lectures merely to be seen at a fashionable event and not because they were interested in the philosophical content. By their mere presence, wrote some reporters, they were robbing more worthy male philosophy students of their seats. In this article, I tell the story of these misogynistic attacks on Bergsonism and Bergsonian women.

 
 

BERGSON ROCK STAR PHILOSOPHER

When I was in Sydney last month, I was interviewed by Joe Gelonesi for an episode of The Philosopher's Zone (on ABC Radio National). I talk about Bergson's best-selling 1907 book Creative Evolution and his immense fame in the years around the publication of the book. 

You can listen to the interview here

ABOUT

Emily Herring is a historian of biology and philosophy. She is currently focusing on the reception of French philosopher Henri Bergson in biology. Emily grew up in Paris and is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Leeds in the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science. She received a BA from the Sorbonne in 2012 and an MA from Paris Diderot University in 2014. She has recently published articles on one of the British Bergsonian biologists in her study, Julian Huxley, in the Annals of Science and on a little-studied case of 20th-Century institutionalized Lamarckism in the Revue d’Histoire des Sciences.

 

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