In The Dialectic of Duration Gaston Bachelard addresses the nature of time in response to the writings of his great contemporary, Henri Bergson. For Bachelard, experienced time is irreducibly fractured and interrupted, as indeed are material events. At stake is an entire conception of the physical world, an entire approach to the philosophy of science. It was in this work that Bachelard first marshalled all the components of his visionary philosophy of science, with its steady insistence on the human context and subtle encompassing of the irrational within the rational.
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.
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