Historical Rational Materialism: Methodological Reveries From Bachelard

Posted: 12 Jul 2019

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Madhu Prabakaran

School of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University; GreenStorm

Date Written: July 12, 2019


This paper is about the historical appropriation of epistemological values. Bachelard is a pioneer explored the march of historical epistemology in a series of his works. He presupposes that historical epistemology will culminate at the end of its history, as Marx too had imagined. Much before the rise of post-structuralism and post-humanism Bachelard traced how the rise of new science, scientific imagination could become free from human sentimentalities as humanity could extend their understanding using technological apparatuses. In line with Bachelard, I explore the march human imagination in its semantic ecology of reveries, rhetoric and interpretation and its relevance to evolutionary ascendance of epistemological values.

Keywords: Gaston Bachelard, Phenomeno-Technique, Imagination, Reverie, Rhetoric, Epistemological Obstacles, Interpretation, Epistemological Value

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Prabakaran, Madhu, Historical Rational Materialism: Methodological Reveries From Bachelard (July 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3418715 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3418715

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