Gaston Bachelard. Poetic Philosopher

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) is an unfairly neglected thinker who succeeded in carving himself a niche in the rich tradition of French philosophy of science. Trained as a physics and chemistry high school teacher, Bachelard took an early interest in epistemology at a time when Einstein was publicising both his theories of relativity and propounding a radically new conception of the interaction between space and time. Bachelard’s project was not to get rid of a philosophical approach of science but, on the ...

Plato’s Philosophical Critique of Art

Most philosophers have expressed their views on Art as if they were the best qualified to pronounce on the value and quality of artworks. Plato falls into a unique category as he dismissed art despite the fact that his dialogues have been universally recognised as literary masterpieces. But would their author have accepted such a posthumous accolade? As a citizen of Athens, born one year after the completion of the Parthenon in 438 BC, he could not have remained indifferent ...