Psicologia em Estudo
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LAURENTI, Carolina. Bergsonism, psychology and freedom. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.1, pp. 43-52. ISSN 1413-7372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722008000100006.
Current essay deals with the Bergsonian concept of freedom. Analysis undertakes an examination of the concept of intensive magnitude and discusses the determinists and indeterminists' theses. The paradigm of the freedom experience may be found in a description of the feeling of beauty. The Bergsonian treatment of freedom sets an epistemological challenge to scientific Psychology: it presents itself as esthetic Psychology, or rather, a type of psychology that recuperates the knowledge of the senses and it takes a critical stance on intellectual knowledge. A provocative question may be asked: Is Psychology prepared to consider science as Art?
Keywords : Bergsonism; determinism; freedom.