The Psychoanalysis of Fire has ratings and 27 reviews. Modern Hermeneut said: With this book, Bachelard cements his reputation as an intellectual cha. Psychoanalysis of Fire never adopt a truly objective attitude. When we are dealing with men, our equals and our brothers, our method should be based on. PSYCHOANALYSIS OF FIRE, THE The Psychoanalysis of Fire was published by Gaston Bachelard in , before Water and Dreams: An Essay on the.

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One may even be aston- ished that it has been accorded so much importance in textbooks on elementary psychology, where it is offered as the eternal example of the intervention of a sort of reflective thinking within the reflex, of a conscious thought in the midst of the most violent sensation.

Perhaps, however, it is better to designate all the shades of unconscious convictions by different formulas, until we gire see later how the various com- plexes are related. The natural is the masculine lire, the principal agent; but in order to obtain it the Artist must take great pains and use all his know- ledge; for it is so torpid and so strongly concentrated within metals that it cannot be set into action without persistent effort. It was only when I lived alone that I became kf of my own hearth.

One will notice that Bemardin de Saint-Pierre recommends using two pieces of wood of a differem nature.

Refresh and try again. Jun 17, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: It idealizes materialistic knowledge; it materializes idealistic knowledge. Thus the abbe de Mangin is very quickly convinced: In this way is explained the joy of rubbing, cleaning, fur- bishing, and polishing that could not be adequately explained by the meticulous care taken by certain housewives. When the unconscious secret harmonics of rubbing are lacking, when they have a poor resonance in dry and austere souls, immediately the act of rubbing, restored to its purely mechanical aspect, loses its power of explanation.

The brutish man breaks the silex or flint, he does not work at it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One is always justified in being preoccupied with it. The rhythms are mutually supporting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The Psychoanalysis of Fire – Gaston Bachelard – Google Books

If the electric fire could insinuate itself into the cells of the little balls of fire which fill kf tissue of bodies which are in themselves electric; if it could untie this multitude of little pouches which have the power to contain this hidden, secret and internal fire and if it could unite itself to it; then these particles of fire, now set free, shaken, com- pressed, dispersed, reunited and fo agitated, psychoanslysis com- municate to the firs fire an action, a force, a speed, an accelera- tion, a fury which would disunite, break, sec ablaze and destroy the compound.

Thus how keenly sympathetic I am when I read in the work of a favorite author [Ducarla], who is usually occupied with scientific research, this page which to me is almost a page of personal memories: We have a ready proof that the problem of fire lends itself poorly to an hisrorical treatment. We would like, however, to add a further remark by way of warning.

We can explain this ‘marriage from three points of view: The psychoanalysis of fire Gaston Bachelard Snippet view – At times fire is the formal principle of individuality.

It is undoubtedly related to the Oedipus complex discussed by Freud, but can hardly be treated as identical with it. It must be guarded jealously off only given as a gift to a chosen being who merits its communion in a reciprocal fusion.

The psychoanalysis of fire Gaston Bachelard Snippet view – The reflex which makes us pull back our finger from the flame of a candle does not play any bchelard scious role in our knowledge about fire. Thus, before dealing with the chemistry of fire in the next chapter, we shall first demonstrate the necessity for a psychoanalysis of objective knowledge.

The Psychoanalysis of Fire

This female substance is water. Chemistry is able to study the way in which substances are combined, are mixed together and remain juxtaposed. These difficulties had not escaped Schlegel. When the men came close up they said: With this book, Bachelard cements his reputation as an intellectual charlatan.

The Psychoanalysis Of Fire

Bahelard define him as briefly as possible — he is a philosopher, with a professional training in psychooanalysis 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: Indeed, it is not only in art that the Libido is sublimated. It rises from the depchs of the substance and oilers itself with the warmth of love.


But let us begin by showing the equation of the seed and the spark and ler us realize that, through the interplay of in- extricable reciprocals, the seed is a spark and the spark is a seed.

Vigenere develops his whole book from this initial inspiration. The straw fire remains, for the unconscious, a characteristic fire. It is an agent of redoubtable precision, whose marvellous action upon the substance offered to its heat is rigorously limited, threatened and defined by several physical or chemical constants- that are difficult to observe.

Thus, like any power which engenders, fire can be stricken with sterility as soon as it reaches a certain age. The substantivization of fire easily reconciles its contradic- tory characteristics: It is these unconscious values which make for the persistence of certain explanatory principles.

But the pre- historic mind, and a fortiori the unconscious, does not detach the word from the thing. When we carry out inner experiments, we inevicably contradict objective experiment. Nice transition between the philosphy of science and aesthetics.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The Psychoanalysis of Fire. Everything that rubs, that bums, or that electrifies is immediately considered capable of explaining the net of generation.

That which diminishes ox increases within ourselves be- comes the sign of a life that is either stifled or fully awakened within reality. But this work must have been very agreeable to an individual whose reverie was wholly sexual.

These intuitions lead us to form immediate convictions about a problem which really should be solved by strict measurement and experimentation.