The fire-world as the unfallen world of pre-creation appears in Bachelard as the Without this malign vigilance we would r Psychoanalysis of Fire never adopt a This way of self-purification is clearly in- dicated by Gaston Derycke in his. GASTON BACHELARD the. Psychoanalysis of Fire. PREFACE BY NORTHROP FRYE . reader the meaning of a psychoanalysis of the subjective convic-. The Psychoanalysis Of Fire by Gaston Bachelard, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Where is the experience which throws light upon it? It is these unconscious values which make for the persistence of certain explanatory principles. Thus why does tradition often recommend that bonfires should be lighted by a young girl and a young man together; or by that 33 Psychoanalysis of Fire man among the inhabitants of the village who was last married?

One can study only what tthe has first fure about. But since the reverie is more instruc- tive for us than the dream, let us follow the account in George Sand.

The Psychoanalysis of Fire by Gaston Bachelard

To ask other readers questions about The Psychoanalysis of Fireplease sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He will write down the oxidation formula. But, because we chose it hhe the first place, the object reveals more about us than we do about it. For the rest, in spite of the underlying affective meaning, one might imagine that the myth has been created for the purpose of affording objective explanations.


We shall easily be able to observe the observer and so arrive at the principles underlying this value-laden or rather this hypno- tized form of observation that is involved in gazing into a fire.

When we want everything to be changed we call on fire. What appears, however, to be a worthwhile project is to establish the secret persistence of this idolatry of fire. It seems to me so definitely psycho- logical in nature that I do not hesitate to speak of a psycho- analysis of fire.

The axes of poetry and of science are opposed to one another from fide outset. 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 masculine heat attacks them from within, at the very heart of the essential being.

It is a tutelary and a terrible divinity, both good and bad. The nature of language, an art in and of itself is deftly handled by Bachelard, who exploits the inherent weakness of poetry when trying to describe any event. It was not long bachelarv the flowers sprang forth As they did not wish the men to know about the fire, they hastily gathered up the ashes, which were still alight, and thrust them up their vulvas, so that the men should not see them.

But the haston source is impure: Review quote “[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.

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But Chemistry cannot study how one substance assimilates another. To know facts and to make things are needs that we can characterize in them- selves without necessarily having to relate them to the will to power.


Jan 13, Geo rated it it was amazing. Where are they, those days filled with the warm smell of balsam and the hot aromas of the medicines?

When we turn inwards upon ourselves we turn aside from truth. He gathered dry grasses and other branches and set fire to the foot of the pal- metto tree, which, soon after, fell with a psychoanalyis crash.

The Psychoanalysis Of Fire

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. In every circumstance the fire shows its ill will: Yet behind all this gauzy unspecificity is an active needle-sharp mind, probing and probing, obsessed pf origins and the root of all things. No progress is possible in the acquisition of objective knowledge without this self-critical irony.

This part is to that sex what the sexual part of man is to the man.

The arsonist is the most dissembling of criminals. Far from being a description of bacheladr objective phenomena, it is an attempt to in- scribe human love at the heart of things, What may at first sight hide its psychoanalytical character is the fact that alchemy quickly took on an abstract aspect. The rhythms are mutually supporting.