I stumbled across references to Bergson while reading Photography, Cinema, Memory: The Crystal Image of Time.
I started reading "Bergson's Conception of Duration" in The Philosophical Review to learn more. This is quote from that article:
One of the first characteristics that strikes us when we turn our attention to conscious existence is its mutability, its fluidity. It is constantly changing. State follows state with amazing rapidity; indeed, the various states themselves are nothing but processes which flow on with a never-ceasing rhythm. In consciousness, I find nothing static. I discover 'that I pass from state to state. I am warm or cold, I am merry or sad, I work or I do nothing, I look at what is around me or I think of something else. Sensations, feelings, volitions, ideas, - such are the changes into which my existence is divided and which color it in turns. I change, then, without ceasing.' Now change presupposes time. It is, in fact, nothing but a temporal process. However change may be defined, it certainly cannot be defined unless time is taken into account(...) So to be conscious, at least in the sense in which the finite individual is conscious, is just to be in time (...). Duration is the stuff out of which conscious existence is made; for a conscious being to exist is to change, and to change is to endure. (527)
My question then is: according to Bergson, what is duration? And how is it different from time?
Please keep in my mind that I am very new to philosophy, so I might not know or understand references to other philosophers....
Is duration just the content of time? Is duration just our plain existence - the states we pass through, the sensations? That seems too simple. And too linear. I really don't feel like I'm grasping how Bergson perceives time and how duration is distinct from it.