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The Formation of the Scientific Mind: A Contribution to a Psychoanalysis of Objective Knowledge

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First published in 1938, this ubiquitously taught French-text translation expounds on the theory of knowledge and its development—a key element of Gaston Bachelard's notion of "the epistemological obstacle"—and the unavoidable presence in the thinking individual's mind of preconceived and misleading ideas derived from the very nature of language and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903083208
  • Publisher: Clinamen Press Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Gaston Bachelard was one of the most famous French philosophers of the 20th century. He held the chair of history and philosophy of science at the Sorbonne.
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Table of Contents

Translator's note
Introduction 1
Foreword 17
1 The idea of the epistemological obstacle 24
2 The first obstacle: primary experience 33
3 General knowledge as an obstacle to scientific knowledge 64
4 An example of a verbal obstacle: sponge. On the over-extension of familiar images 81
5 Unitary and pragmatic knowledge as an obstacle to scientific knowledge 91
6 The substantialist obstacle 104
7 Psychoanalysing realists 136
8 The animist obstacle 154
9 The myth of digestion 172
10 The libido and objective knowledge 185
11 The obstacles to quantitative knowledge 211
12 Scientific objectivity and psychoanalysis 237
Index 251
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