Saturday, June 27, 2009
GASTON BACHELARD b. JUNE 27TH 1884
I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie, 1960
a philosopher of science, whose methodology greatly influenced foucault & derrida. concepts like "epistemological breaks" & "epistemological obstacles" developed an idea of science opposed to comte's positivism & ideas of continuity. bachelard pointed to ideas of rupture & subsumption in the history of science & felt that that was where the action was. his prose always reminds me of roland barthes.