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It's claimed that Bergson's "intuition of pure duration" is the "highest and most valuable form of human experience": is this an individualist or collectivist good?


I'm asking because I'm interested in the idea of cultural vitality, which is often I think considered a fascistic response to decadence. Especially how it might differ from how 'flourishing' appears in philosophical literature.

I thought maybe Bergson would could help me figure whether 'cultural vitality' is reasonable. Partly because Bergsonianism gets the ball rolling in Adorno's Negative Dialectics, and partly because he, along with the socialist proponent of violence Sorel, was important in forming the irrational (practice without theory) tendencies in the (often fascistic) historical avant garde.


More generally, how does Bergson, 'vitality' and 'flourishing' fit within Marxism?

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    Excellent to work decadence in the question because this is exactly where we are now, it always comes when extreme differences in wealth occur. Here is Ravel, La Valse, at the ending of an age jstor.org/stable/1845864?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents The Waltz m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg2i2NB-i3o
    – Gordon
    Jul 24, 2019 at 22:38
  • @Gordon thanks... as to the rest of it, i think flourishing (in culture) is best left for others, whereas we should be concerned with our OWN vitality... this was born of intuition (interaction) rather than reading, though, so i won't quote!
    – user38026
    Jul 24, 2019 at 22:43
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    that's cool @Gordon i'm an perennial optimist (tho)... read you later!
    – user38026
    Jul 24, 2019 at 23:15
  • i just mean that while geopolitical war and violence can end humanism, that is the only risk to the class "for itself" (imvho)
    – user38026
    Jul 24, 2019 at 23:27
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    I had too many comments, so I removed them. If we had free form Vitalism today, it would probably accelerate the introduction of Authoritarian capitalism. I think you see the problem with your very last question.
    – Gordon
    Jul 25, 2019 at 0:59

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