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'It's organisms that die, not life': Henri Bergson, Psychical Research, and the Contemporary Uses of Vitalism.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Machine and the Ghost
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and spiritualism in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century art and culture
EditorsSas Mays, Neil Matheson
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN: 978-1-5261-1210-1
ISBN (Print)ISBN: 978-0-7190-9006-6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


This chapter traces the connections between Henri Bergson's vitalist philosophy and his interest in spiritualism and psychical research. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the continuation of these links in contemporary eco-critical theory.


Justin Sausman, 'It's organisms that die, not life': Henri Bergson, Psychical Research , and the Contemporary uses of Vitalism', in Sas Mays and Neil Matheson, eds., The Machine and the Ghost (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-0-7190-9006-6, eISBN 978-1-5261-1210-1.

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