Dialectic of Duration

Dialectic of Duration

by Gaston Bachelard
     
 

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Dialectic of Duration addresses the nature of time, taking issue specifically with Henri Bergson's notion of duration, or 'lived time', as found in Bergson's "Duration and Simutaneity" and "Matter and Memory".

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Dialectic of Duration addresses the nature of time, taking issue specifically with Henri Bergson's notion of duration, or 'lived time', as found in Bergson's "Duration and Simutaneity" and "Matter and Memory".

Editorial Reviews

David Webb
Bachelard’s strikingly original conception of time shapes both his philosophy of science and his work on the poetic imagination. Beginning with discontinuity, heexplores the way different forms of duration are constructed, bringing out the unique qualities of each.It is a brilliant study of temporal pluralism,dedicated to repose, creativity, and happiness.
Zbigniew Kotowicz
In a polemic against Bergson’s élan vital, Bachelard argues for a discontinuous time made of instants out of which we construct new durations (and deconstruct old ossified ones) to launch projects and lead lives of creative rhythms. Together with the earlier L’Intuition de l’instant, this profound and strikingly original meditation on time forms the ‘metaphysical’ core of Bachelard’s thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903083079
Publisher:
Clinamen Press Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dijon and later held the Chair of History of Philosophy of Science at La Sorbonne. His ideas influenced thinkers as diverse as Derrida, Foucault and Barthes.

Translated by Mary McAllester Jones, with an introduction by Cristina Chimisso.

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