*Bibliographic Note:* Deleuze, Gilles, *Bergsonism,* trans. by Hugh Tomlinson & Barbara Habberjam (New York: Zone Books, 1988), 13 – 35

*My critical summary of Chapter 1 of Bergsonism. I provided my own examples apart from what Deleuze gave. This is an exercise inÂ making reflective memos, a tip I got from Raul Pacheco-Vega’s blog.*

In Chapter 1 of his book entitled ** Bergsonism**, Deleuze emphasized that intuition is a method of ‘precision’ that follows a set of âstrict rulesâ. This is indeed counter-intuitive to what we usually think as âintuitionâ. Intuition is not a gut feel;Â neither it is the feeling that wins you over a bet or a game of luck. It is, for Bergson and also for Deleuze, a philosophical method, a

*decisive turn*in a given duration or state of things. Intuition provides us

*precise ways of knowing*and

*differentiating*lived experiences and reality itself.

Deleuze wroteÂ that Bergson considers *intuition as a simple act* but this simplicity is accompanied by the act’sÂ involvement with the plurality of meanings and irreducible multiplicities in any given experience. The intuition as a method follows three rules:

- Statement and creation of problems (
*a method of*p*roblematizing*) - Discovery of genuine difference in kind (
*a method of differentiating*) - Apprehension of real time (
*a method of temporalizing*)

**Intuition as a Method of Problematizing**

Deleuzeâs first criterion for the method of *intuition* is to *âapply the test of true and false to problems themselves. Condemn false problems and reconcile truth and creation at the level of problems.â*

In philosophy, *problematizing* something i.e. an event, an object, a set of relations, is one of the first steps in drafting a philosophical proposition. Problems are always tied to philosophical concepts and percepts. Bergson (via Deleuze) proposes that it is not enough to state oneâs problems accompanying a set of solutions. One has to discern or evaluate whether the stated problem is *true* or *false*. In order to do so one uses *intuition* as a method of qualifying and evaluating problem statements.