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Mark Sinclair
Queen's University, Belfast
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    Bergson.Mark Sinclair - 2019 - Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
    Henri Bergson was one of the most celebrated and influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He was awarded in 1928 the Nobel prize for literature for his philosophical work, and his controversial ideas about time, memory and life shaped generations of thinkers, writers and artists. In this clear and engaging introduction, Mark Sinclair examines the full range of Bergson's work. The book sheds new light on familiar aspects of Bergson's thought, but also examines often ignored aspects of his work, such (...)
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    Habit and time in nineteenth-century French philosophy: Albert Lemoine between Bergson and Ravaisson.Mark Sinclair - 2018 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (1):131-153.
    This paper shows how reflection on habit leads in nineteenth-century French philosophy to Henri Bergson’s idea of duration in 1888 as a non-quantifiable dimension irreducible to time as measured by clocks. Historically, I show how Albert Lemoine’s 1875 L’habitude et l’instinct was crucial, since he holds – in a way that is both Ravaissonian and Bergsonian avant la lettre – that for the being capable of habit, the three elements of time are fused together. For that habituated being, Lemoine claims, (...)
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    Being Inclined: Félix Ravaisson's Philosophy of Habit.Mark Sinclair - 2019 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
    Being Inclined is the first book-length study in English of the work of Felix Ravaisson, France's most influential philosopher in the second half of the nineteenth century. Mark Sinclair shows how Ravaisson, in his great work Of Habit, understands habit as tendency and inclination in away that provides the basis for a philosophy of nature and a general metaphysics. In examining Ravaisson's ideas against the background of the history of philosophy, and in the light of later developments in French thought, (...)
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    Is Habit ‘The Fossilised Residue of a Spiritual Activity’? Ravaisson, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty.Mark Sinclair - 2011 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (1):33-52.
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    The Actual and the Possible: Modality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy.Mark Sinclair (ed.) - 2017 - New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    The Actual and the Possible presents new essays by leading specialists on modality and the metaphysics of modality in the history of modern philosophy from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. It revisits key moments in the history of modern modal doctrines, and illuminates lesser-knownmoments of that history. The ultimate purpose of this historical approach is to contextualise and even to offer some alternatives to dominant positions within the contemporary philosophy of modality. Hence the volume contains not only new scholarship (...)
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  6. Ravaisson and the force of habit.Mark Sinclair - 2011 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (1):65-85.
    It is hardly a secret that with the philosophy of David Hume a conception of habit comes to occupy center-stage within epistemological and psychological reflection. Habit or custom is the "great guide of human life,"1 particularly in that it conditions, as the ground of the association of ideas, all our inductions concerning the objects of experience, and our beliefs that causal relations obtain between them. Yet according to Hume, we cannot say what habit itself is. Certainly, An Enquiry Concerning Human (...)
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    Heidegger, Aristotle and the work of art: poiesis in being.Mark Sinclair - 2006 - New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    The book shows that Heidegger's Aristotle interpretation of the 1920s is integral to his thinking as an attempt to lead metaphysics back to its own presuppositions, and that his reflection on art in the 1930s necessitates a revision of this interpretation itself. It argues that it is only in tracing this movement of Heidegger's Aristotle interpretation that we can adequately engage with the historical significance of his thinking, and with the fate of metaphysics and aesthetics in the present age.
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    Introduction to French spiritualism in the nineteenth century.Mark Sinclair & Delphine Antoine-Mahut - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (5):857-865.
    With respect to the several giants of post-Kantian German philosophy – Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche – developments elsewhere in Europe have often seemed to pale into insignific...
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    Bergson on Possibility and Novelty.Mark Sinclair - 2014 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 96 (1):104-125.
    : In “Le possible et le réel” Henri Bergson offers an influential critique of the modal category of possibility: traditional ideas that possibility precedes actuality invert the real relation of priority, and express an inability to apprehend the continual creation of unforeseeable novelty in experience. This article shows how Bergson’s ideas concerning possibility and novelty are involved in his inheritance of a modern concept of genius as a principle of fine art production. Only in grasping the nature of Bergson’s philosophy (...)
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    Inheritance, Originality and the Will: Bergson and Heidegger on Creation.Mark Sinclair - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (5):655-675.
    In the work of Henri Bergson and Martin Heidegger we find different responses to traditional ideas of ‘creation’. Bergson advances a philosophy of creation, wherein ‘creation’ is presented as the production of a ‘radical’ or ‘absolute’ novelty, not only in art, but in all forms of human experience and biological life. Heidegger, in contrast, comes to criticise ideas of ‘creation’ in art as the expression of an alienated ‘humanism’ and ‘subjectivism’ essential to the modern age. This paper illuminates this divergence (...)
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    Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation.Ullrich Haase & Mark Sinclair (eds.) - 2016 - Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
    Martin Heidegger's Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation presents crucial elements for understanding Heidegger's thinking from 1936 to 1940. Heidegger offers a radically different reading of a text that he had read decades earlier, showing how his relationship with Nietzche's has changed, as well as how his understandings of the differences between animals and humans, temporality and history, and the Western philosophical tradition developed. With his new reading, Heidegger delineates three Nietzschean modes of history, which should be understood as grounded in the (...)
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    Bergson’s Philosophy of Will and the War of 1914–1918.Mark Sinclair - 2016 - Journal of the History of Ideas 77 (3):467-487.
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    Ravaisson After Schelling: Purposiveness Without Purpose in Genius and Habit.Mark Sinclair - 2023 - In Kirill Chepurin, Adi Efal-Lautenschläger, Daniel Whistler & Ayşe Yuva (eds.), Hegel and Schelling in Early Nineteenth-Century France: Volume 2 - Studies. Springer. pp. 43-58.
    This study investigates Félix RavaissonRavaisson-Mollien, Félix’s ambiguous relation to F. W. J. Schelling by homing in on the specific relation that holds between habit as a means of demonstrating an underlying identity of mind and world in RavaissonRavaisson-Mollien, Félix’s De l’habitude and Schelling’s use of aesthetic intuitionIntuition as a philosophical method in his 1800 System of Transcendental IdealismIdealism (also German Idealism). I argue that what Schelling found in fine art—the work of genius—RavaissonRavaisson-Mollien, Félix finds in habit, and from this conclude (...)
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    On effort and causal power: Maine de Biran’s critique of Hume revisited.Mark Sinclair - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (5):903-922.
    Rejections of Hume’s account of agency as ‘implausible’ and ‘defective’ have not been uncommon in recent commentary, but these responses have been elaborated without acknowledgement that Maine de B...
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    Dialogue with Heidegger: Greek Philosophy.Jean Beaufret & Mark Sinclair (eds.) - 2006 - Indiana University Press.
    This volume covers Beaufret's development of Heidegger's approach to Greek thinking in six essays "The Birth of Philosophy," "Heraclitus and Parmenides," "Reading Parmenides," "Zeno," "A Note on Plato and Aristotle," and "Energeia and Actus ...
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    Art Matters: A Critical Commentary on Heidegger's ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’, by Karsten Harries.Mark Sinclair - 2011 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (3):337-338.
  17. History and the Meaning of Life: On Heidegger’s Interpretations of Nietzsche’s 2nd Untimely Meditation.Mark Sinclair & Ullrich Haase - 2015 - In Paul J. Ennis & Tziovanis Georgakis (eds.), Heidegger in the Twenty-First Century. Springer Verlag.
     
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    Heidegger's Concept of Truth, by Daniel O. Dahlstrom.Mark Sinclair - 2003 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 34 (3):335-336.
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    Heidegger, Von Humboldt and the Idea of the University.Mark Sinclair - 2013 - Intellectual History Review 23 (4):499-515.
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    L'outil et la métaphysique : (encore une) note sur le statut ambigu de l' « ustensilité » chez Heidegger.Mark Sinclair - 2008 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 133 (4):423-441.
    Cet article montre que – et comment – l’analyse heideggérienne de l’ustensilité dans les années 1920 doit se comprendre comme tentative de mettre en lumière les présupposés, et donc la vérité originelle, du commencement aristotélicien de la métaphysique. L’article démontre que ce n’est que sur cette base que peut se comprendre de manière adéquate le rapport de cette analyse de l’ustensile au questionnement heideggérien plus tardif sur l’essence de la technique.This paper shows that – and how – Heidegger’s analysis of (...)
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    On Heidegger's Account of Equipment in Being and Time as Metaphysics in its Repetition.Mark Sinclair - 2005 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 36 (3):237-257.
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    Philosophy of Technology: An Introduction, by Val Dusek.Mark Sinclair - 2008 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 39 (3):333-334.
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    Supplements: From the Earliest Essays to Being and Time and Beyond, edited by John Van Buren.Mark Sinclair - 2009 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 40 (1):105-107.
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    The Bergsonian Mind.Mark Sinclair & Yaron Wolf (eds.) - 2021 - New York, NY: Routledge.
    Henri Bergson is widely regarded as one of the most original and important philosophers of the twentieth century. His work explored a rich panoply of subjects, including time, memory, free will and humor and we owe the popular term élan vital to a fundamental insight of Bergson's. His books provoked responses from some of the leading thinkers and philosophers of his time, including Einstein, William James and Bertrand Russell, and he is acknowledged as a fundamental influence on Marcel Proust. The (...)
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    The Heidegger Reader, ed. Günter Figal.Mark Sinclair - 2011 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (2):224-226.
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  26. Bergsonian Mind.Yaron Wolf & Mark Sinclair (eds.) - 2021
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    Becoming Heidegger: On the Trail of his Early Occasional Writings, 1910–1927, edited by Theodore Kisiel and Thomas Sheehan. [REVIEW]Mark Sinclair - 2009 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 40 (1):105-107.
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    Françoise Dastur: Death: An Essay on Finitude, tr. J. Llewelyn and Telling Time: Sketch of a Phenomenological Chronology, tr. E. Bullard. [REVIEW]Mark Sinclair - 2003 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 34 (1):106-109.
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    The Heidegger Reader, ed. Günter Figal. [REVIEW]Mark Sinclair - 2011 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (2):224-226.
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    The origin of time: Heidegger and Bergson. [REVIEW]Mark Sinclair - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (6):1247-1249.