By Gaston Bachelard
"[Bachelard] is neither a self-confessed and tortured atheist like Satre, nor, like Chardin, a heretic combining a trust in God with a skillability in sleek technology. yet, in the French context, he's virtually as vital as they're simply because he has a pseudo-religious strength, with out taking a stand on faith. To outline him as in brief as attainable – he's a thinker, with a qualified education within the sciences, who committed many of the moment part of his occupation to selling that point of human nature which frequently turns out so much inimical to technological know-how: the poetic mind's eye ..." – J.G. Weightman, The big apple instances evaluate of Books
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Its docrrine of fire is thus strongly polarized by unsamfied demes. This inner, masculine fire, the object of the meditacion of the lonely ~an, is ~at~rally considered to be the most powerful fue. " An anonymous author writing at the beginning of theeighteenrh ~entury presents very clearly value placed upon the fue that 15 confined within matter. re prefigures the su~errnan. Conversely, the superman, in his ~ra~lOnal form,. conceIved of in order to claim a uniquely subJecnve power, is scarcely more than a superfire.
At Perseus with his great iron buckler; the scissors flew of their own accord towards the buckler, and Fable begged him to clip the wings of the Spirit with these scissors, then, by means of his shield,to deign to immortalize the sisters and. complet~ the gr:at ,:"ork . . (Then) there is no longer any flax to spm. The mammate is once more without a soul. 1:t:1liz~d Fire and will mold and make use of the inanimate. " Beneath this rather strange poetry, u·hich has no direct appeal to classical taste, there is in chis page the profound trace of a sexual meditation of fire.
A psychoanalysis of objeccive knowledge must retrace and complete this process of de-realization. What gives us a just measure of the errors concerning fire is the fact that they are still, perhaps more than any other type of error, attached to concrete affirmations, to unquestioned inner experiences. Some very special characteristics, which should be the object of a special study, are thus explained by a mere reference to an inner fire. Such is the case for . . the extraordinary vigor that we observe in certain plants .
Psychoanalysis of Fire by Gaston Bachelard