La natura del tempo. Una lettura fenomenologica della disputa tra Bergson e Einstein
Theory of Relativity
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
DOAJ:Philosophy and Religion
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AbstractThe Nature of Time. A Phenomenological Interpretation of the Dispute between Bergson and Einstein - This paper aims to give a phenomenological interpretation of the dispute about the nature of time and the philosophical interpretation of the theory of relativity which took place between Bergson and Einstein after the publication of Durée et simultanéité (1922), a book in which Bergson had condensed his criticism of Einstein’s conception of time. Bergson’s thesis can be radicalized in a phenomenological sense, suggesting a new connection between the qualitative and quantitative dimensions of temporality which goes beyond a psychological interpretation. The counter-intuitive core of Einstein’s theory of relativity gives rise to a phenomenological problem: even though it is a “rigorous” scientific theory, it challenges the principle of intuition which – according to Husserl – is the only one that ensures a rigorous foundation for the sciences. Bergson was the first to provide a philosophical interpretation of this problem, which can be clarified only by the phenomenological method, which also allows for a new, non-contrastive elucidation of the relationship between philosophy and physics.