Repositions Bachelard as a critical and integral part of contemporary continental philosophy.
Like Schelling before him and Deleuze and Guattari after him, Gaston Bachelard made major philosophical contributions to the advancement of science and the arts. In addition to being a mathematician and epistemologist whose influential work in the philosophy of science is still being absorbed, Bachelard was also one of the most innovative thinkers on poetic creativity and its ethical implications. His approaches to literature and the arts by way of elemental reverie awakened long-buried modes of thinking that have inspired literary critics, depth psychologists, poets, and artists alike. Bachelard’s extraordinary body of work, unduly neglected by the English-language reception of continental philosophy in recent decades, exhibits a capacity to speak to the full complexity and wider reaches of human thinking. The essays in this volume analyze Bachelard as a phenomenological thinker and situate his thought within the Western tradition. Considering his work alongside that of Schelling, Husserl, Bergson, Buber, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Deleuze, and Nancy, this collection highlights some of Bachelard’s most provocative proposals on questions of ontology, hermeneutics, ethics, environmental politics, spirituality, and the possibilities they offer for productive transformations of self and world.
About the Author
Eileen Rizo-Patron is Research Associate at the Center for Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She is the coeditor (with Richard Kearney) of Traversing the Heart: Journeys of the Inter-religious Imagination and the translator of Bachelard’s Intuition of the Instant.
Edward S. Casey is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of many books, including The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History.
Jason M. Wirth is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. His books include Schelling’s Practice of the Wild: Time, Art, Imagination, also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
Preface Edward S. Casey Eileen Rizo-Patron Jason M. Wirth ix
Introduction Bachelard's Living Philosophical Legacy Eileen Rizo-Patron 1
Part 1 Adventures in Time
Chapter 1 The Difference an Instant Makes: Bachelard's Brilliant Breakthrough Edward S. Casey 19
Chapter 2 Bachelard's "Non-Bergsonism" Jean-François Perraudin 29
Chapter 3 Vertical Time: Bachelard's Epiphanic Instant Richard Kearney 49
Chapter 4 Rhythm and Reverie: On the Temporality of Imagination in Bachelard Kristupas Sabolius 63
Part 2 Adventures in Methodology
Chapter 5 Adventures of Consciousness: Bachelard on the Scientific Imagination Mary McAllester Jones 83
Chapter 6 Bachelard vis-à-vis Phenomenology Anton Vydra 91
Chapter 7 Bachelard's Hermeneutics: Between Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology Eileen Rizo-Patron 107
Chapter 8 Bachelard's Poetic Ontology Glen A. Mazis 127
Part 3 Adventures in Language
Chapter 9 Gaston Bachelard and Henry Corbin: On Adjectival Consciousness David L. Miller 143
Chapter 10 Bachelard's Logosphere and Derrida's Logocentrism: A Distinction with a Différance Roch C. Smith 155
Chapter 11 The Heat of Language: Bachelard on Idea and Image Jason M. Wirth 167
Chapter 12 Sounding the Living Logos: Bachelard and Gadamer Eileen Rizo-Patron 197
Part 4 Adventures in Alterity
Chapter 13 Reverie and Reverence: Bachelard's Encounter with Buber Edward K. Kaplan 213
Chapter 14 Missing Land: Between Heidegger and Bachelard Edward S. Casey 225
Chapter 15 Environmental Politics in Light of Bachelard's Elemental Poetics Samuel Talcott 237
Chapter 16 Bachelard's Open Solitude Madeleine Préclaire 259
Appendix A Preface to Buber's I and Thou Gaston Bachelard 271
Appendix B Testimony on Gaston Bachelard Georges Gusdorf 277
List of Contributors 285
Name Index 291
Subject Index 297