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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It will only be necessary to invoke substantial concentration in order to account for its most psychoanaysis aspects. The arts, on the other hand, begin with a constructing power, generally called imag- ination, and embody it in forms with a clarity of communication that makes them objects of perception to others.

Review quote “[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. Retrieved December 28, from Encyclopedia. He would take great care in arranging the logs over the kindling chips and in slipping the handful of shavings between the and- irons. In any case, the man who works away with such patience is bachelarx both by a memory and by a hope, and it is in the domain of the affective powers that we must look for the secret of his reverie.

His psychological explanations of the four elements-earth, air, fire, water-illustrate this almost poetic aspect of his philosophy.

Very rarely is it utilized for any other kind of contemplation. It is undoubtedly related to the Oedipus complex discussed by Freud, but can hardly be treated as identical with it.

This inner, masculine fire, the object of the meditation of the lonely man, is naturally considered to bachelqrd the most powerful fire. This attitude comes from the distant past. In order that it may have all its force, this seeding must be seized in its first intensity, when it comes fresh from the rubbing tool which causes the fire.

Account Options Sign in. It does not confine itself to cooking; it makes things crisp and crunchy. Love is but a fire that is to be transmitted.

But the initial source is impure: He influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher who rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the Fite academy.

The Psychoanalysis of Fire.

It appears cold, artificial, false. The hot and dry combination produced choler and fire, the hot aiid moist blood and air, the cold and moist phlegm and water, the cold and dry melancholy and earth. All that philosophy can hope to accomplish is to make poetry and science complementary, to unite them as two well-defined opposites. In this book he focuses on the various ideas relating to fire, and identifies pre-scientific groups of ideas which he calls the “Prometheus complex”, “Empedocles complex”, “Novalis complex”, and “Hoffman complex”, and traces them in early modern physical and chemical theories of the nature of fire.


To draw up a plan of human errors is an enterprise impossible of fulfillment. Frazer in- deed bases his explanations on utility.

The Psychoanalysis of Fire

Generally, I truly enjoy reading Gaston Bachelard. If fire is left to live its natural life, even though it be fed, it grows old and dies like plants and animals. That which fire has shone upon retains as a result an ineffaceable color. Dec 02, George rated it it was amazing. He rejected the Cartesian conception of scientific truths as immutable; he insisted on experiment as well as mathematics in the development of science.

It is intimate and it is universal.

Similar expressions and the figures which abound in certain books on alchemy leave no doubt as psjchoanalysis the meaning of this kind of possession. According to an anonymous author writing at the end of the seventeenth century: Yes, then indeed I was eating fire, eating its gold, its odor and even its crackling while the burning gaufre was crunching under my teeth. In the first place it must be recognized chat rubbing is a highly sexualized experience, Merely by glancing through the psychological documents amassed by classical psychoanalysis one will have no difficulty in convincing oneself of this fact.

He finds in the chemistry of fire all the characteristics of diges- tion. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Thus we can see that as error becomes cloaked by the unconscious, as it loses its precise outline, it be- comes more acceptable. I cannot believe that minerals should do us so much good through their virtues without enjoying the sweet satisfaction, the gende satis- faction which is the first and greatest reward for bachelad.

In this work one can see a kind of reciprocal of the psycho- analytical thesis that we are putting forward in this psychhoanalysis to explain the production of fire by osychoanalysis. Openly acknowledged sexual values are immediately reduced by ridicule. If the semen, which is one and the same in all its parts and of an identical constitution, is divided in the womb and one part with- drawn to the right and the other to the left side, the mere fact of 47 Scxualizcd Fire Psychoanalysis psychkanalysis Fire the division of the semen causes such a difference in it.

To see the justification peychoanalysis this remark there is no need to go into lengthy considerations of the role of fire in primitive societies nor to insist on the technical difficulties involved in keeping a fire burning; all that is necessary is to praccice some positive psychology by examining the structure and the education of a civilized mind.


For the poet, the ele- ments will always be earth, air, fire and water; for the poer, the sun will always rise and set as it moves around the earth. The units of this constructing power are analogy and identity, which appear in liter- ature as the figures of simile and metaphor. Indeed, it is not only in art that the Libido bachelxrd sublimated. Almost every major group of discoveries in science brings with it a great wave of speculative cosmologies based on analogies to them.

Cannons demonstrate this fact. A winter’s evening with the wind howl- Psychoanalysis of Fire ing around the house and a bright fure within is all that is required to make the grieving soul psychoanalydis voice to its memories and sorrows: We can explain this ‘marriage from three points of view: One can hardly conceive of a philosophy of repose that would not include a reverie before a flaming log fire. The metamorphic meaning of words is rooted in the nature of our education.

The Psychoanalysis Of Fire : Gaston Bachelard :

Of course the supporters of the theory fie the utilitarian formation of the mind will not accept a theory so facile in its idealism, and pdychoanalysis will point out to us the multiple uses of fire in order to ascertain the exact interest that we have in it: Whereas in our general treatment we have been able to analyze these conceptions separately, we must here study them in their confused combined state.

It is only In science where such myths are a nuisance; yet even in science the tendency to make them is extraordinarily persistent. On the other hand it has brought to light the serious traumatism that a psyche can suffer from the spectacle of a roof or haystack that has been set on fire, from the sight of the great blaze of fire shining against the night sky and extending out over the broad expanse of the ploughed fields. Northrop FryeBeacon Press Boston.

We note these rapid sentences full of ideas and second thoughts winch denote that the various methods are being discarded as unfeasible.