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In vain it will be baachelard that the Aristotelian doctrines are plausible, that they can, with appro- priate modifications, explain different stages of scientific knowl- edge, that they may be adapted to the philosophy of certain periods; the fact remains that one cannot determine the reason for the solidity and persistence of these doctrines merely by putting forward their value as objective explanations.

She sat fiat on the floor with legs wide apart. Difficult at times, then is as clear as fire itself.

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Fire is associated with innumerable jokes. Prim- psycjoanalysis man or Max Muller? Perhaps, however, it is better to designate all the shades of unconscious convictions by different formulas, until we can see later how the various com- plexes are related. In any case it is the pensive man whom we wish to study here, the man pensively seated by his fireplace in complete solitude at a time when the fire is burning brightly as if it were the very voice of this solitude.

We must oppose, then, to the enthusiastic, poetic mind the taciturn, scientific mind, and for the scientific mind an attitude of preliminary antipathy is a healthy precaution.

In other words we wish to de- nounce this false assurance which claims to connect fixe and life. The funeral pyre accompanies him in his passing.

It is almost impalpable, although, through physical sublima- tion, it appears to be psychoanqlysis and resplendent. The masculine principle is a principle of the center, a principle of power, active and sudden as the spark and the power of will. But since the reverie is more psychoanaylsis tive for us than the dream, let us follow the account in George Sand. It seems to me so definitely psycho- logical in nature that I do not hesitate to speak of a psycho- analysis of fire.



As the child grows up, the prohibitions become intellectual rather than physical; the blow of the ruler is replaced by the angry voice; die angry voice by the recital of the dangers of fire, by the legends concerning fire from heaven. To assert that fire is an element is, in our opinion, to set up sexual resonances; it is thinking of the substance in its propaga- tion, in its generation; it is rediscovering the alchemistic inspira- Sexualzzod Fire tion which spoke of a water or an earth elemented by fire, of a substance that was embryonhed by sulphur.

Every cordial is an aphrodisiac to the unconscious mind. Indeed, I do not think I lit a fire myself before I was eighteen years old.

This vacillation, so well indicated by Scheele, is very sympto- matic of the dialectic of ignorance which proceeds from ob- scurity to utter blindness and which readily takes the very terms of the problem to be its solution. The feminine principle of things is a principle pertaining to surface and outer covering, a lap, a refuge, a gentle warmch.

The Best Books of One cannot even discover a pretext for this in external observa- tion. Far from marvelling at the object, objectwe thought must treat it ironically. Boy was I wrong. It is really a question of finding how unconscious values affect the very basis of empirical and scien- tific knowledge. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? The Psychoanalysis of Fire. We shall now see how this fire bavhelard, which was so intimately understood by prehistoric man, has for centuries foiled attempts at explanation on the part of scientists.

Northrop FryeBeacon Press Boston. Ic shines in Paradise. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. To the unknown aspecc it is not so much ignorance which corresponds as error, and error that is most heavily over- laden with subjective defects. The substantivization of fire easily reconciles its contradic- tory characteristics: The book of the marquise du Chatelet is 1 39 pages long, and its subject is Fire.

This interpretation will even deceive us as to what kinds of imagery take precedence in the poet’s mind; for, by following this particular interpretation, we shall not understand that for a poet like Novalis the need to feel dominates the need ifre see, and that ahead of the light of Goethe there must be placed the gentle, indistinct heat that is ingrained in off the fibres of the being.


These exhalations feed the comets. It has shown the sexual nature of his tendencies.

It is truly a cosmic death in which a whole universe is reduced to nothingness along with the thinker. It is a collection of various subjective meditations in which he often draws from various psychoanalytic and literary resources. At the very least the happiness that results is subordinate to the fiire that is first sought.

But how many objections could we not make to their theories? This is the spectacle of an immense psychaonalysis.

The Psychoanalysis of Fire by Gaston Bachelard

Be the first to ask a question about The Psychoanalysis of Fire. This fire had the appearance of being immediately derived from heaven and manifold were the virtues ascribed to it.

As soon as the first sparks were emitted, they applied a species of agaric which grows on old birch crees and is very combustible. Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need. It seems, then, that it would be instructive from a psychological point of view to trace the way in which this phenomenological value has become inflated and to study how a problem which had been a prime concern of scientific research for centuries was suddenly broken down into smaller problems or set aside without ever having been solved.

In the course of time the chapters on fire in chemistry textbooks have become shorter and shorter. But it is not the same with the fiery substance of which we have only a certain amount and with which all the vital centers are in direct communication. The way we imagine is often more instructive than what we imagine.