Psychoanalysis of Fire

Psychoanalysis of Fire

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"[Bachelard] is neither a self-confessed and tortured atheist like Satre, nor, like Chardin, a heretic combining a belief in God with a proficiency in modern science. But, within the French context, he is almost as important as they are because he has a pseudo-religious force, without taking a stand on religion. To define him as briefly as possible he is a philosopher, with a professional training in the sciences, who devoted most of the second phase of his career to promoting that aspect of human nature which often seems most inimical to science: the poetic imagination ..." J.G. Weightman, "The New York Times Review of Books""

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Product details

  • Paperback | 115 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 10mm | 100g
  • Beacon Press
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0807064610
  • 9780807064610
  • 159,072

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We have only to speak of an object to think that we are being objective. But, because we chose it in the first place, the object reveals more about us than we do about it. What we consider to be our fundamental ideas concerning the world are often indications of the immaturity of our minds.

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About Gaston Bachelard

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1963) is the author of"The Poetics of Space," "The Psychoanalysis of Fire," and"The New Scientific Spirit.""

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"[Bachelard] is neither a self-confessed and tortured atheist like Satre, nor, like Chardin, a heretic combining a belief in God with a proficiency in modern science. But, within the French context, he is almost as important as they are because he has a pseudo-religious force, without taking a stand on religion. To define him as briefly as possible – he is a philosopher, with a professional training in the sciences, who devoted most of the second phase of his career to promoting that aspect of human nature which often seems most inimical to science: the poetic imagination ..." – J.G. Weightman, The New York Times Review of Books

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