top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
Atomistic Intuitions
An Essay on Classification
Atomistic Intuitions
Click on image to enlarge

Gaston Bachelard - Author
Roch C. Smith - Translated and with an introduction by
Daniel Parrochia - Preface
SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 160 pages
Release Date: October 2018
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7127-3



An English translation of the French philosopher’s sixth book, in which he seeks to develop a metaphysical context for modern atomistic science.

French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962) is best known in the English-speaking world for his work on poetics and the literary imagination, but much of his oeuvre is devoted to epistemology and the philosophy of science. Like Thomas Kuhn, whose work he anticipates by three decades, Bachelard examines the revolution taking place in scientific thought, but with particular attention to the philosophical implications of scientific practice. Atomistic Intuitions, published in 1933, considers past atomistic doctrines as a context for proposing a metaphysics for the scientific revolutions of the twentieth century. As his subtitle indicates, in this book Bachelard proposes a classification of atomistic intuitions as they are transformed over the course of history. More than a mere taxonomy, this exploration of atomistic doctrines since antiquity proves to be keenly pedagogical, leading to an enriched philosophical appreciation of modern sub-atomic physics and chemistry as sciences of axioms. Though focused on philosophy of science, the perspectives and intuitions Bachelard garnered through this work provide a unique and even essential key to understanding his extensive writings on the imagination. Roch C. Smith’s translation and explanatory notes will help to make this aspect of Bachelard’s thought accessible to a wider readership, particularly in such fields as aesthetics, literature, and history.

Roch C. Smith is Professor Emeritus of French Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of Gaston Bachelard, Revised and Updated: Philosopher of Science and Imagination, also published by SUNY Press, as well as books on Alain Robbe-Grillet and André Malraux.

Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

No table of contents available for this publication.

Related Subjects