By Tom Quirk

Bergsonian "vitalism" challenged the dominance of Spencerian determinism within the early 20th century and appeared to supply a brand new starting place for trust in human freedom and person danger. Quirk strains the impression of Bergsonism upon the yankee sensibility and indicates how person writers -- relatively such varied artists as Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens -- appropriated vitalistic notions and made them serve the odd standards in their personal distinct inventive imaginations.

Originally released in 1990.

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