UNC Asheville to Host Lecture Series by
Philosopher John Mullarkey
UNC Asheville’s Philosophy Department will host a
series of lectures February 21 through 24 on late 19th-century
philosopher Henri Bergson and his influence on contemporary philosophy.
John Mullarkey, a preeminent expert on Bergson, will give talks on
“Post-Continental Philosophy: The New Bergsonism” from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in
UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, room 223. Events are free
and open to the public.
Mullarkey is a philosophy lecturer at the
University of Dundee in Scotland. He is the author of “Bergson and
Philosophy,” which explores each of Bergson’s seven major works from a
metaphilosophical perspective. Mullarkey is also the editor of two
books: “Bergson: Key Writings” and “The New Bergson,” as well as
numerous scholarly articles.
Henri Bergson was a French philosopher and Nobel
prizewinner whose international fame reached cult-like proportions.
Bergson advanced a theory of evolution based on the spiritual dimension
of human life. He also maintained the idea that there is an original
life force, the substance of consciousness and nature, which is carried
through all successive generations. Bergson was also politically active,
working with President Wilson’s administration to establish the League
On Monday, Feb. 21, Mullarkey will discuss “From
Naturalism to Immanence, from the Virtual to the Actual.” On Wednesday,
Feb. 23, Mullarkey will give a talk on “The Viewing-Event:
Auto-Affection versus the Stellar Matheme.” Mullarkey will lecture on
“What Comes after Philosophy: Metaphilosophy or Non-Philosophy?” on
Thursday, Feb. 24.
The lecture series is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s
Mills Fund, Philosophy Department, Belk Chair of Humanities, and Phi
For more information, call Duane Davis, UNC
Asheville assistant professor of philosophy, at 828/251-6367.
- Duane Davis, UNC Asheville Associate Professor of Philosophy,
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,