Wednesday, July 22, 2009

No rupture in Bachelard’s popularity

[Jul 21, 2009 brief note on Bachelard’s popularity from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek
Every now and then I check Amazon to see how Prince of Networks is doing. On good days it’s fairly high on the metaphysics list, with mostly New Age and popular physics books ahead of it. But here’s the interesting thing… Sometimes it’ll jump ahead even of Descartes, but the one philosophy book on the list that is impossible to outsell is Bachelard’s
Poetics of Space. Obviously there is a wide potential readership for that book in many different fields, but it’s a nice surprise to see Bachelard continuing to do so well after so many years. We don’t speak too much about him anymore.]

[Gaston Bachelard: poet/philosopher of the imagination and epistemological rupture
Bachelard was a philosopher/poet of the imagination and poetic reverie. While his works on poetics and phenomenology are classics of the genre, the concepts he developed in the philosophy of science such as the epistemological rupture were taken up and developed both by Thomas Kuhn and Michel Foucault.
Science, Culture and Integral Yoga™ - Jul 6, 2009 The Resonant Soul: Gaston Bachelard and the Magical Surface of Air by Robert Sardello]

[Thomas S. Kuhn used Bachelard's notion of "epistemological rupture" (coupure or rupture épistémologique) as re-interpreted by Alexandre Koyré to develop his theory of paradigm shifts; Althusser, Georges Canguilhem (his successor at the Sorbonne) and Michel Foucault also drew upon Bachelard's epistemology.]

[many familiar with Kierkegaard will know the phrase “the moment” (Øieblikket in old Danish, augenblick in German)[3] from his Philosophical Fragments[4] to define that moment of decision at which something absolutely new enters the picture such that it changes everything for the reception of a moment of transformation... Part I: Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task
from Per Caritatem by Cynthia R. Nielsen
A guest post by Eric Lee, Doctoral Student of Theology, University of Nottingham

No rupture in Bachelard’s popularity. [TNM]

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