The poetics of space

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Orion Press, Feb 10, 1964 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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The classic book on how we experience intimate spaces. "A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhancedand enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of Gaston Bachelard."from the foreword by John R. Stilgoe6473-4 / $15.00tx / paperback

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Prose, prose, prose! - Goodreads
amazing—inspiration for half of my artwork - Goodreads
Interesting and eloquent in his writing. - Goodreads
A great introduction I think to phenomenology too. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mara Eastern - Goodreads

Called "poetic", though "dreamy" (or "oneiric", as the author would put it) would be more fitting. Psychological-philosophical insights into the nature of the house, or home, as a space that nurtures ... Read full review

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[W]e are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost. This is not what I expected. The Poetics of Space is not some ... Read full review

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Born in Bar-sur-Aube, France, in 1884, Gaston Bachelard received his doctorate in 1927. He became professor of philosophy at the University of Dijon in 1930, and held the chair in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris from 1940 to 1954. In epistemology and the philosophy of science, Bachelard espoused a dialectical rationalism, or dialogue between reason and experience. He rejected the Cartesian conception of scientific truths as immutable; he insisted on experiment as well as mathematics in the development of science. Bachelard described the cooperation between the two as a philosophy of saying no, of being ever ready to revise or abandon the established framework of scientific theory to express the new discoveries. In addition to his contributions to the epistemological foundations of science, Bachelard explored the role of reverie and emotion in the expressions of both science and more imaginative thinking. His psychological explanations of the four elements-earth, air, fire, water-illustrate this almost poetic aspect of his philosophy.

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