A1 Journal article (refereed)
Bergson and Technical Creativity (2024)

Telivuo, J. (2024). Bergson and Technical Creativity. Bergsoniana, 4. https://doi.org/10.4000/bergsoniana.1705

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All authors or editorsTelivuo, Julius

Journal or seriesBergsoniana



Publication year2024

Publication date01/01/2024


PublisherSociété des amis de Bergson

Publication countryFrance

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/93337


Bergson portrays technics as a central expression of human creativity, but he also describes it as degenerating, mechanistic instrumentality. Can technics be truly creative or is it bound to the mechanistic processes of matter? In this paper, I develop a Bergsonian analysis of technical creativity based on two main reformulations of his ideas. First, I extend the Bergsonian theory of creative emotions presented in The Two Sources of Morality and Religion to technical creativity, as material affectivity. Second, I develop a materialist reading of Bergsonian intuition, based on Deleuze and Guattari’s formulations in A Thousand Plateaus. Through these reformulations, we can indeed find in Bergson’s thought a fruitful ground for an analysis of technical creativity. For this, we need to develop an affective conception of materiality and, in addition, acknowledge the importance of a material context for Bergsonian intuition.

Keywordstechnologytechnological developmenttechnical sciencesinventionscreative activitycreativityintuitionmaterialitybodilinessphilosophy of science

Free keywordsBergson, Henri; technicity; creativity; materiality; affectivity; intuition

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Reporting Year2024

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