Maria Popova On Bachelard and Time
“All eternity is in the moment,” Mary Oliver wrote. One of the greatest lines of poetry is also a sublime summation of one of the greatest debates in the history of science and philosophy: the nature of time. In 1932, exactly a decade after Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson’s famous confrontation on the matter, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884–October 19, 1962) addressed this question with uncommon acuity of insight in Intuition of the Instant (public library) — a timelessly rewarding exploration of “the problems of duration and the instant, of habit and life.”……………………………….
…………….”Intuition of the Instant, translated from French by Eileen Rizo-Patron, is a mind-stretching read in its slim but potent entirety. Complement it with Hannah Arendt on time and our thinking ego and Claudia Hammond on the psychology of why time slows down when you’re afraid and speeds up as you age, then revisit Bachelard on love, solitude, and happiness and the meditative magic of housework.”