Poetics of Space

ISBN-10: 0807064734

ISBN-13: 9780807064733

Edition: 1994 (Reprint)

Authors: Gaston Bachelard, John R. Stilgoe

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The classic book on how we experience intimate spaces. "A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of Gaston Bachelard." -from the foreword by John R. Stilgoe 6473-4 / $15.00tx / paperback
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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.

Foreword to the 1994 Edition
Foreword to the 1964 Edition
Introduction
The House. From Cellar to Garret. The Significance of the Hut
House and Universe
Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes
Nests
Shells
Corners
Miniature
Intimate Immensity
The Dialectics of Outside and Inside
The Phenomenology of Roundness
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