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Bachelard's work has and retains a profound influence in the French-speaking world. His writing career as a whole can be understood as a meditation on science in the context of human being and the creative, 'poetic' side of human nature, featuring restless reformulations of psychoanalysis and phenomenology .
Dialectic of Duration addresses the nature of time, taking issue specifically with Henri Bergson's notion of duration, or 'lived' time, as found in Bergson's Duration and Simultaneity and Matter and Memory. For Bachelard, contra Bergson, the experience of lived time was fractured, interrupted, not 'single' and continuous; he argues that there is no one underlying thread - that time is multiple and discrete. This had and has crucial significance for the debate between Bergson and the physics of Relativity.
This first time English translation has been undertaken by Bachelard scholar Dr Mary McAllester Jones of Strathclyde University, whose Gaston Bachelard - Subversive Humanist has done much to broaden Bachelard's English-language reputation. The introduction is by Dr Cristina Chimisso.
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