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 talent in smooth technological know-how. yet, in the French context, he's virtually as very important as they're simply because he has a pseudo-religious strength, with out taking a stand on faith. To outline him as in short as attainable – he's a thinker, with a qualified education within the sciences, who committed many of the moment part of his profession to selling that point of human nature which regularly turns out so much inimical to technological know-how: the poetic mind's eye ..." – J.G. Weightman, the recent York occasions evaluation of Books
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It: is almost impalpable, although, through physical sublimanon, It appears to be corporeal and resplendent:. The unnatural fire is that which corrupts the chemical <:ompound and which first has the power of dissolving that which Nature had strongly joined together ... Need we call attencion to the feminine sign attached to smoke. "the inconstant wife of the wind," as Jules Renard calls it? Is not every veiled apparition considered feminine by virtue of this fundamental principle of unconscious sexualization: all that is hidden is feminine?
Thus we do not hesitate to claim a ccenesthettc ongm for certain fundamental philosophic~l intUitions. inion intermediate between materialism and 3mmlsm. tfe. It 15 the mme awareness of the material assimilation performed by diaescion of the animalization of the inanimate. o By ~pplymg this myth of the digestion, we get a much better understanding of the meaning and the force of these . is less pictUresque,. " U vVith what readiness a. meaning is accorded to such an expression! After all, [0 say that a substance has an interior, a cencer, is hardly any less metaphorical than to say that it has a belly.
A seventeenth-century author recalls that 8 The Egyptians said that it was a ravening, insatiable animal which devours everything that experiences birth and growth; and, after 64 ol Fire it has eaten well and gorged itself, it finally devours itself when there is nothing lefe to eat and feast upon; because, having both heat and movement, it cannot do without food and the air it requires to breathe. Vigenere develops his 'w"hole book from rhis initial inspir'1tion. He finds in the chemistry of fire all the chaClcrcrisbcs of digestion.
The Psychoanalysis of Fire by Gaston Bachelard