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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  39 reviews
"[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. But, within the French context, he is almost as important as they are because he has a pseudo-religious force, without taking a stand on religion. To define him as briefly as possible – he is a philosopher, w ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published January 30th 1987 by Beacon Press (first published 1938)
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Modern Hermeneut
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Uroš Đurković
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ovo je prvo u nizu Bašlarovih dela posvećenih „psihoanalizi objektivnog saznanja”. Naravno, u ovom slučaju, objektivno saznanje ne predstavlja racionalistički shvaćeno razumevanje sveta, već jednu panpoetsku analitiku, koja se pretače u lirsku esejizaciju. Psihoanaliza objektivnog saznanja jeste filozofsko-sanjalačko družbovanje sa elementima – vatrom, vodom, zemljom, vazduhom. Iz svakog od njih izviru poetske slike, koje treba da prepozna bašlarovski fenomenolog kao svojevrsni detektiv arhetips ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetshere, theory
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.

Bachelard again gives us a poetic history of science as interpreted by Robert Burton. This book is ridiculous. I love it -- it remains so 18C. The overtures to Prometheius, the citations of Novalis and Balzac. The unintended irony of bracketing the entire work with references to Eluard and by exten
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). ...more
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
باشلار صاحب العقلية المستنيرة الذي يرى الاشياء ليس كما نراها نحن..

بمجرد ان تبدأ بقراءته ستتغير نظرتك و فكرتك عن النار!
يجب على كل اديب وروائي وكاتب ان يقرأ هذا الكتاب، لان به من الالهام والافكار ما يحتاجه كل كاتب!
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Dan Sumption
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was fascinated by the title and intrigued by the subject matter of this book, but after reading it I can't really recommend it for anything other than a snapshot of its time. To be fair on Bachelard he does say in the introduction that after reading this book, you will not have gained any knowledge whatsoever. In this he is absolutely correct.

Bachelard's thesis is that humans' relationship with fire is so ancient and vital that it is almost impossible for us to look at fire objectively. He cla
النار بفكر وشكل آخر ، كفلسفة وإسطورة وعلم نفس ، كخُرفات وحلم يقضة و محسوسات ، أعتقد أن الترجمة التي لدي من قبل زينب الخضيري لم تكن موفقة كثيراً أو أن الكتاب غير مترابط بشكل دقيق في طرحه وأفكاره ، وكما قال الكاتب نفسه" هذا الكتاب لن يُضيف للقارئ شيئاً يُذكر كمعرفة ! "
لكنهُ رُبما جعلنا نرى النار ونُدركها بتصور وفكر آخر غريب عنا رُبما كان مُبرراً في عصره وزمنه أكثر من الآن .،
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bachelard nous ouvre les yeux sur le symbolisme, archaique, du feu. Ou pourquoi ce feu qui crépite réveille en nous mélancolie et introspection!
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pas sûr que c’était le bon choix pour entrer dans l’univers de Gaston Bachelard...!
vi macdonald
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Mohamed Karaly
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
موضوع هذا الكتاب هو التحليل النفسى للمعرفة الموضوعية، أو التحليل النفسى للمعرفة التى تتسم تجاوزا بسمة الموضوعية، بخصوص النار، فتصورات البشر الموضوعية عن النار فى العصور التى سماها الكاتب ب"عصور ما قبل العلم" إذا خضعت لهذا التحليل النفسى، يمكن ردّها إلى مجموعة من أحلام اليقظة، أو مجموعة من الحدوس القَبْلية فى اللا وعى، والتى تشكلت بذكريات وانطباعات جمالية من الطفولة، كمجوعة من العُقَد، مثل، عقدة "أنبادوقليس" : وهى عقدة ترجع لحدس جمالى جنسى بما يسمى ب"نداء المحرقة" أو الرغبة الممتزجة بحركة التلاشى ...more
Qasim Zafar
Sep 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-read
''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...
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
not freud sitting down with heraclitus, sadly. just what is in the id of the polemos, anyways?
Slap Happy
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bachelard changed my outlook on everything related to art. Highly recommended.
Muhammed Saber
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
-يتناول الكتاب الحديث عن التحليل النفسي للمعرفة الموضوعية وفصل الذاتية للوصول لدقة ونظرة صادقة. ويعرض تاريخ النار من النظرة البدائية قبل العلمية وحتى الآن وكيف ان هذه النظرة ما زالت تؤثر على الصورة الذاتية والادبية. ويعرض عدد من العقد النفسية التي تأصلت من فكرتنا عن النار سواء كرمز للشر والجحيم او كصورة للنور والتطهير الروحي.

-"لا ينبغي ان أري الواقع كرؤيتي لنفسي" بول ايلوار
-ينبغي على كل منا ان يتولى هدم تلك المعتقدات الغير مدروسة في نفسه، وان يتعلم كيف يتفلت من سيطرة عادات التفكير التي تشكلت نتي
Comptes Rendus de René Guénon
1938 :
– La Nouvelle Revue Française (n° d’août) publie un assez singulier article de M. Gaston Bachelard, intitulé La psychanalyse du feu ; l’auteur a parfaitement raison de critiquer comme il le fait des tentatives d’explication rationnelle des mythes et des légendes, qui ne sont même pas seulement faibles et insuffisantes comme il le dit, mais parfaitement insignifiantes et nulles en réalité ; seulement, le genre d’explication qu’il propose d’y substituer ne vaut certes pas mieux, quoique d’u
Maria Magdalena
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"L'imagination travaille à son sommet, comme une flamme, et c'est dans la région de la métaphore, dans la région dadaïste où le rêve, comme l'a vu Tristan Tzara, est l'essai d'une expérience, quand la rêverie transforme des formes préalablement transformées, qu'on doit chercher le secret des énergies mutantes. Il faut donc bien trouver le moyen de s'installer à l'endroit où l'impulsion originelle se divise, tentée sans doute par une anarchie personnelle, mais obligée quand même à la séduction d' ...more
"-ateşe saygı öğretilmiş bir saygıdır; doğal bir saygı değildir."

Kıvılcım belki kıvılcımın beraberinde oluşturduğu yavaş ya da hızlı bir yakım. Bu yanmanın karşısında oluşturduğumuz refleks. Bu refleks doğal mı? Kundaklamanın özgürleştirici yanları. Yanmasına karşın müdahaleden kaçınma. Sobanın yanına kurulup sıcaklığı ile mayışma. Belki portakal, mandalina kabuklarının etkisi. Ateş: korku. Ateş: sıcaklık. Çıkarılan kurşun yarasını dağladığı.
R.W. Spryszak
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Difficult at times, then is as clear as fire itself. Surprising, infuriating, unforgettable.
Turbulent, passionnant. Trop sensationnel pour être util, mais tout même inestimable.
Kir 'Bear'
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Changed my rating from a 4 to a 5 just because of the 3 page conclusion. Beautiful words.
Claudio Valverde
Bastante complejo y de dificil lectura para mi. Si bien esperaba una obra de corte epistemológico me pareció demasiado críptico para mi gusto
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
e ae bola de fogo
o calor tá de matar
Fabulous Fouz
عرف عن تحليلات باشلار أنها مثيرة للجدل، يطرق فيها مواضيع لم تطرق من قبل.
هذا الكتاب من سبعة فصول - ٢٠٠ صفحة
كل فصل عبارة عن مجموعة مقالات .
١- احترام وتبجيل النار
٢- النار وحلم اليقظة
٣- التحليل النفسي وعودة إلى ما قبل التاريخ
٤- النار الجنسية
٥- كيمياء النار
٦- الكحول والماء المشتعل
٧- عندما تصبح النار مثالاً
يحلل باشلار العلاقة النفسية والعاطفية والاجتماعية بين الإنسان والنار.
ويعتبر أن طريقة تحليله مختلفة جداً.. فهو يرى أن العلماء يجب أن يضعوا أنفسهم مكان الإنسان البدائي الذي كانت عملية التفكير لديه عبا
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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
Sim Written
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bachelard decided to write essays using the four elements of nature referring to writers of various Europeans. It is truly a fascinating read. You will be impressed by his knowledge of literature and his writing is really beautiful. If you like to read classics you will enjoy reading about books you have already read and you will enjoy the analysis of a physicist who also happened to have an incredible knowledge of literature.
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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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