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In his youth, French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941) became convinced that the ways in which science attempted to measure temporal and psychological phenomena missed something vital about these phenomena. He thought that the very language we use to characterise time denatured it reducing time to space, decomposing movements into static parts, and quantifying qualitative experiences. In a 1903 article, he proposed that the role of philosophy was to go beyond the restrictions of language and beyond the practical requirements of quantification, to access reality itself, in all its mobility. To achieve this, Bergson wished to develop “intuition” as a philosophical method. We will see that in order to understand the reality of time, beyond measurement, Bergson mobilised insights about both life and its evolution, as well as about the special kind of access to reality reserved to artists and poets.