Truth and Concept, or What a Concept in Philosophy of Henri Bergson Is, and What It Is Not. Afterword to the Ukrainian Translation of the Henri Bergson’s Letter to Richard Kroner

The Letter to Richard Kroner was written by Henri Bergson in the end of November 1910. It is translated into Ukrainian for the first time. In the letter, Bergson sheds a bright light on tiny and usually invisible but very important details of his doctrine about truth and concepts, in particular creating new concepts.

Is the Concept Élan Vital Central in Henri Bergson’s Evolutionary Theory?

The evolutionary doctrine of Henri Bergson is largely associated with the notion of élan vital (vital impetus). However, according to Bergson, one of the main functions of philosophy must be  creating concepts. The world is extremely diverse, and if philosophy seeks to embrace this diversity, it must create a relevant network of concepts. In the evolutionary part of Bergson’s philosophy this point is implemented distinctly. Nonetheless, current historical and philosophical studies do not reproduce this scale.