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Henri Bergson and Sri Aurobindo: Convergences and Divergences
with Debashish Banerji, PhD
Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 11 AM Pacific Time (US)
Meeting ID: 862 2707 4741; Passcode: 536422
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Henri Bergson was a celebrated French philosopher who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1928 and was a senior contemporary of Sri Aurobindo. Though Bergson did not read Sri Aurobindo, his idea of creative evolution contains important similarities with Sri Aurobindo’s evolution of consciousness. Sri Aurobindo read some Bergson, but this is most probably after writing his major works in the Arya. There are also terms and passages in Sri Aurobindo’s writings which bear striking resemblance with the same in Bergson. This talk will discuss some of these convergences and their philosophical ramifications. It will also dwell on where the two philosopher-practitioners diverge.
Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophy and Culture and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. He holds a PhD in Indian Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since the 1970s, Banerji has been a student of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s teaching.
Cultural Integration Fellowship
San Francisco, CA 94118