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The Dialectic of Duration

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface / Translator's Note / Introduction, Christina Chimisso / Foreword / 1. Relaxation and Nothingness / 2. The Psychology of Temporal Phenomena / 3. Duration and Physical Causality / 4. Duration and Intellectual Causality / 5. Temporal Consolidation / 6. Temporal Superimpositions / 7. Metaphors of Duration / 8. Rhythmanalysis / Index

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Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dijon and later held the Chair of History of Philosophy of Science at La Sorbonne. His ideas influenced thinkers as diverse as Derrida, Foucault and Barthes. Translated by Mary McAllester Jones, with an introduction by Cristina Chimisso.


Bachelard's strikingly original conception of time shapes both his philosophy of science and his work on the poetic imagination. Beginning with discontinuity, he explores the way different forms of duration are constructed, bringing out the unique qualities of each. It is a brilliant study of temporal pluralism, dedicated to repose, creativity, and happiness. -- David Webb, Professor of Philosophy, Staffordshire University In a polemic against Bergson's elan vital, Bachelard argues for a discontinuous time made of instants out of which we construct new durations (and deconstruct old ossified ones) to launch projects and lead lives of creative rhythms. Together with the earlier L'Intuition de l'instant, this profound and strikingly original meditation on time forms the `metaphysical' core of Bachelard's thought. -- Zbigniew Kotowicz, author of Gaston Bachelard: A Philosophy of the Surreal

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