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.

Author: Kagis Kigak
Country: Ukraine
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Video
Published (Last): 12 February 2006
Pages: 305
PDF File Size: 8.80 Mb
ePub File Size: 15.39 Mb
ISBN: 438-2-80203-829-3
Downloads: 37691
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dushakar

While the men were away hunting in the bush, the women cooked their food and ate it by themselves.

The Psychoanalysis of Fire

One cannot even discover a pretext for this in external observa- tion. We recall that many similar stories are told about water, that there are more highly developed stories of the Jonah type. Spryszak rated it really liked it.

Indeed, wc cannot speak of a world of the phe- nomenon, of a world of the appearances, except in the presence of a world which changes in its appearances.

Similarly, the four humors are not a conception of any use to modern medicine; they are not the constituents of human temperament.

Fire is associated with innumerable jokes.

Psychoanalysis of Fire, The |

Ov think he uses them as an extreme example of what happens inside each of us as we gaze upon all the living objects around us. Thus Max Muller, who brought such a penetrating psychological intuition to the study of human origins, comes quite close to the psychoanalytical intuition without, however, actually discerning it.

He thinks psycboanalysis the element of fire is born of a specific germ. Similar expressions and the figures which abound in certain books on alchemy leave no doubt as to the meaning of this kind of possession. These writers often do not even venture to try and throw light upon the psychology of this first discovery. These exhalations feed the comets.


Let us grant him an erupt- ing volcano, a forest set on fire by lightning; hardened in his naked- ness against the rigors of the seasons, would he have run forward at once to warm himself? A psychoanalysis of objective knowledge consists precisely of throwing light upon these loose transpositions. But Robinet ascribes to it its strong, primary meaning.

To define him as briefly as possible — he is a philosopher, with a professional training in the sciences, psychoanalyzis devoted most bachelad the second phase of his career to promoting that aspect of human nature ;sychoanalysis often seems most inimical to science: Should we place the blame upon the loss of a small quantity of that marrowy, palpable juice that is contained in the seminal vesicles?

Nice transition between the philosphy of science and aesthetics.

If fire, which, after all, is quite an exceptional and rare phenomenon, was psychoanalhsis to be a psyhoanalysis element of the Universe, is it not because it is an pssychoanalysis of human thought, the prime element of reverie? Fire and Respect The Prometheus Complex. One has only to ask these questions in order to disclose the source of the conviction which believes that fire is the son of wood. Chemistry is able to study the way in which substances are combined, are mixed together and remain juxtaposed.

Thus it would be a vain undertaking osychoanalysis trace the historical development of a thought which has always run counter to the teachings of the history of science.

The funeral pyre accompanies him in his passing. It seems, then, that it would be instructive from a psychological point of view to trace the way in which this phenomenological value has become inflated and to study how a problem which had been a prime concern of scientific research for centuries was suddenly broken down into smaller problems or set aside without ever having been solved.


Is it not rather the fire? Ic is precisely because the social prohibitions concerning pomes are much weaker than the pro- hibitions concerning fire. Why have I nor been called upon to bacyelard this admirable spectacle in all its horrors?

Before dawn appears, the priest slowly rubs two pieces of wood together while pro- nouncing in a low voice some magic words. Generally, I truly enjoy reading Gaston Bacheelard.

But as I read the book I kept asking myself what is the point of this, what Generally, I truly enjoy reading Gaston Bachelard. Here is an example of that easy assimilation that we are criticizing: It is a collection of various subjective meditations in which he psychpanalysis draws from various psychoanalytic bachepard literary resources. It has remained in the prescientific mind as a complex phenomenon which is de- pendent both on chemistry and biology.

Return to Book Page.


Bachelard changed my outlook on everything related to art. Again it must be repeared that in this fite when we talk of our personal experiences we axe demonstrating human errors. Primi- tive man contemplates the brook without thinking: We have merely systematized these arguments and added to them certain documents drawn from a mental zone which is less pro- psychoaanlysis and therefore closer to that of objective knowledge.

It is in vain that all travellers tell us about the carefree life of primitive man: