On poetic imagination and reverie: selections from the works of Gaston Bachelard

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Bobbs-Merrill, 1971 - Psychology - 111 pages
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User Review  - Lukáš - Goodreads

Amazing thinker, great introduction essay and interesting selection of texts. Certainly lots of interesting things going on in here, although I am not sure how representative is it of Bachelard's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark W - Goodreads

Concerns creative imagination, or rather the process there of in regards to literary/poetic imagination, ie, the process of imagination. Very valuable for those interested in the deeper process' of ... Read full review


The permanence of reverie 3 The polarity of imagination
condense infinite meanings in elliptic associations
The poetics of metamorphoses 32 The oneiric source of aesthetics

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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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