The Poetics of Space - Introduction Summary & Analysis

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Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher and the prolific author of "The Poetics of Space", lived from 1884 to 1962 and is considered one of the leading philosophers of Europe. He spends a majority of his career as a scientist, then begins reflecting on literature and poetry and using imagination to explore a reality that is not subject to reasoning, recognizing his acquired knowledge in science is inadequate to understand the poetic imagination.

A philosopher who learns to think by following rationalist methods of science and habits of research is ill-equipped to study the poetic imagination. The poetic image may suddenly appear — a novel idea to the individual. The poetic act seems to be of its own making, without a past to which the tools of philosophical reflection can be applied over time. Bachelard studies the beingness, or ontology, of the poetic image that...

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