The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

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Thirty years since its first publication in English, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

 

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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.
 
Published December 30, 2014 by Penguin Classic. 292 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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When an established philosopher of science suddenly turns all his efforts to the realm of art, something new and a little different is bound to be the written result.

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French phenomenologist Bachelard's classic study of the psychological affects of domestic space. (Mar.)

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French phenomenologist Bachelard's classic study of the psychological affects of domestic space. (Mar.)

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This is what the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard called "the poetics of space", and his highly original study of the magical "cosmos" of the childhood home and its imaginary spaces is one of the few literary texts that architectural students are required to read.

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