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Choice and non-choice, Kierkegaard and Bergson
This paper sketches a number of similarities between Kierkegaard’s and Bergson’s thought concerning the general domain of practical philosophy. Both authors, it is argued, claim that there is an essential practicity of aims that needs to be accounted for in any philosophy of action: goals are not something to reach to, but something to do. Moreover, the two authors share similar positions with regards to some of the main characteristics of choice or decision. However, they also share another point which is openly criticized here: though in different manners, both of them seem to allow for the absorption – or the illicit identification – of the question of decision into that of action, and the unwelcome consequences of such an identification for practical philosophy are briefly outlined here.


Kierkegaard, Bergson, action, decision, time

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