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 (bĕrg′sən, bĕrg-sôN′), Henri Louis 1859-1941.
French philosopher and writer whose popular and accessible works, including Creative Evolution (1907) and The Creative Mind (1934), largely concern the importance of intuition as a means of attaining knowledge and the élan vital present in all living things. He won the 1927 Nobel Prize for literature.
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(ˈbɜːɡsən; French bɛrksɔn)
(Biography) Henri Louis (ɑ̃ri lwi). 1859–1941, French philosopher, who sought to bridge the gap between metaphysics and science. His main works are Memory and Matter (1896, trans. 1911) and Creative Evolution (1907, trans. 1911): Nobel prize for literature 1927
Bergsonian adj, n
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(ˈbɜrg sən, ˈbɛrg-)

n. Henri,
1859–1941, French philosopher and writer: Nobel prize 1927.
Berg•so′ni•an (-ˈsoʊ ni ən) adj., n.
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