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La psychanalyse du feu

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« De ce problème, vraiment primordial, posé à l'âme naïve par les phénomènes du feu, la science contemporaine s'est presque complètement détournée. Les livres de Chimie, au cours du temps, ont vu les chapitres sur le feu devenir de plus en plus courts. Et les livres modernes de Chimie sont nombreux où l'on chercherait en vain une étude sur le feu et sur la flamme. Le feu n ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 7th 2003 by Gallimard (first published 1937)
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Modern Hermeneut
Aug 05, 2007 Modern Hermeneut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book, Bachelard cements his reputation as an intellectual charlatan. Recklessly speculative, shockingly devoid of empirical evidence, and brazenly inaccurate. In other words, highly recommended.
Eddie Watkins
Bachelard is very difficult to talk about or review. It's not that his writing is difficult, but rather that his subjects are so elusive, and he never shies away from avoiding specific conclusions; in fact, to specify conclusions would be contrary to his intent. Trying to specify a conclusion in his writing would be like trying to describe the shape of a flame (an easy simile but it's apt). His writing is like a flame (but somehow a soft flame that would never burn too terribly) in that there is ...more
Bachelard makes the intriguing argument that one might analyze poetry in terms of which pre-scientific element—earth, air, fire or water—dominates in its imagery. His thesis is that our cosmologies contain subjective elements, reflected in metaphors, and that these subjective elements can be psychoanalyzed. In this respect, literary analysis is a psychoanalytic technique, and the metaphor is a kind of symptom (one finds similar suggestions in the work of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
Aug 05, 2007 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I read this, I thought it wasn't possible to psychoanalyze fire. I mean, you're not exactly going to get it to free associate. Boy was I wrong.
Slap Happy
Apr 12, 2011 Slap Happy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bachelard changed my outlook on everything related to art. Highly recommended.
James F
I discovered this fascinating little book more or less by accident.

Gaston Bachelard is somewhat of an anomaly; in the great schism of modern philosophy early in the twentieth century, the (Austro-)Anglo-American tradition took as its "portion" logic, language, and philosophy of science, while the Continental tradition largely took social philosophy and metaphysics, but Bachelard was a philosopher of science within the Continental tradition, almost the only one.

His philosophy of science is natu
Oct 24, 2013 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does one rectify the burning fires of hell and the consuming purification of the Holy Spirit? This book places one in an arena where dueling thoughts about our understanding, contextual precepts and truths, and opined beliefs are interrogated. 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. The metamorphic meaning of words is rooted in the nature of our education. We seek to find g ...more
Qasim Zafar
Sep 05, 2014 Qasim Zafar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Generally, I truly enjoy reading Gaston Bachelard. He has a very poetic style with which he writes; but this book was perhaps one of the most frustrating books I've read - for the reason that there is nothing which even the Bachelard seems to want the reader to gain from having read this book. It is a collection of various subjective meditations in which he often draws from various psychoanalytic and literary resources. But as I read the book I kept asking myself what is the point of this, what ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Cristina rated it really liked it
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''La conquête du superflu donne une excitation spirituelle plus grande que la conquête du nécessaire. L'homme est une création du désir, non pas une création du besoin.'' (Gaston Bachelard dans ''La psychanalise du feu'' p. 38)
C'est l'un des fragments dans ce livre que j'ai aimé le plus, qui renferme l'une des vérités les plus contéstées a présent, mais qui exprime à la fois le mieux l'essence du temps que nous vivons, celui de l'être contrôlé ou pas par l'instinct consumériste...
In point of fact a poetic work can hardly be unified except by a complex. If the complex is lacking, the work, cut off from its roots, no longer communicates with the unconscious. (19)

Death in the flame is the least lonely of deaths. It is truly a cosmic death in which a whole universe is reduced to nothingness along with the thinker. The funeral pyre accompanies him in his passing. (19)
Suellen Rubira
Jan 19, 2013 Suellen Rubira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro teórico simplesmente encantador. Inaugura a obra noturna do Bachelard brilhantemente. Na introdução, Bachelard alerta que leitor não aprenderá algo com a obra... modéstia pura. Aprendemos e muito com a leitura.
Feb 24, 2012 Sebastien rated it it was amazing
faut comprendre que le feu est pas seulement le feu perçu, que nos poumons font le même procédé, tout comme la rouille, même si avec des fréquences et une temporalité différente, c'est la psychanalyse du feu qui nous montre la limite de nos sens
Jun 23, 2012 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
not freud sitting down with heraclitus, sadly. just what is in the id of the polemos, anyways?
Al Pacina
Un peu décue.. je préfère La poétique de l'espace
Tami Lynn Andrew
Jan 13, 2008 Geo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is my favorite book in a long while. a "psychoanalysis of objective knowledge" which reveals the hilarity of so-called objectivity when it comes to something as common as fire. read it.
Dec 02, 2007 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Gaston Bachelard's best (see my review of The Poetics of Space). Anything by Bachelard is profound and enriching.
Nice transition between the philosphy of science and aesthetics. Think alchemy.
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Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher who rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the French academy. His most important work is on poetics and on the philosophy of science. To the latter he introduced the concepts of epistemological obstacle and epistemological break (obstacle épistémologique et rupture épistémologique). He influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them ...more
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