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The Formation of the Scientific Mind : Philosophy of Science Ser. - Gaston Bachelard

The Formation of the Scientific Mind

Philosophy of Science Ser.

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2002
ISBN: 9781903083239
Number Of Pages: 220

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The Formation of the Scientific Mind is the work in which Gaston Bachelard first elaborated a theory of knowledge and its development which was to become a key to his thought as a whole - the notion of `the epistemological obstacle' - the unavoidable presence in the mind of a thinking individual of preconceived and misleading ideas derived from the very nature of language, the human imagination and culture.
For Bachelard, the key to proper development of science (and indeed any field) was a sensitivity to the fact that knowledge advances against these `epistemological obstacles'. His demonstration draws extensively from the pre-history of science and alchemy, identifying and illuminating instance after instance of preconceptions which led to aberrant world-views. He systematically codifies the nature and causes of these errors as a framework to encapsulate the psychology of the scientific enterprise, and underlines an unavoidable conclusion; we cannot assume that these obstacles, even in the age of enlightened science, will ever be completely overcome.
This classic work is essential reading for both undergraduates and teachers of science and the philosophy of science.

Translator's note
Introductionp. 1
Forewordp. 17
The idea of the epistemological obstaclep. 24
The first obstacle: primary experiencep. 33
General knowledge as an obstacle to scientific knowledgep. 64
An example of a verbal obstacle: sponge. On the over-extension of familiar imagesp. 81
Unitary and pragmatic knowledge as an obstacle to scientific knowledgep. 91
The substantialist obstaclep. 104
Psychoanalysing realistsp. 136
The animist obstaclep. 154
The myth of digestionp. 172
The libido and objective knowledgep. 185
The obstacles to quantitative knowledgep. 211
Scientific objectivity and psychoanalysisp. 237
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781903083239
ISBN-10: 1903083230
Series: Philosophy of Science S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 1st October 2002
Publisher: Clinamen Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45