Gaston Bachelard: A Philosophy of the Surreal

December 4, 2020
Gaston Bachelard: A Philosophy of the Surreal

Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962) was a seminal figure incontemporary French philosophy. Together with Michel Foucault,Georges Canguilhem and Jean Cavaillès, he shaped the ‘Frenchepistemological’ school of philosophy of science.In France, Bachelard is a towering presence; in theEnglish-speaking world, he is little known. Now, Zbigniew Kotowiczgives us the first English language, in-depth presentation of theentire spectrum of Bachelard’s work: epistemology, poeticimagination and temporality. And he explores an old philosophicaltradition that Bachelard’s thought opens up – atomism – a doctrinethat has been almost forgotten and is much misunderstood.