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What does Bachelard mean by rationalisme appliqué?

Dossier: Bachelard and the Concept of Problematic
by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Article, Bachelard and the Concept of Problematic, Dossier

While Bachelard’s Rationalisme appliqué can readily be translated as Applied Rationalism, neither the French nor the English are very revealing of the position being advocated. In particular one would be led very far astray if one were to think of rationalism as a philosophical position which suggests that knowledge can be logically deduced from first principles that …


What is a problematic?

Dossier: Bachelard and the Concept of Problematic
by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Article, Bachelard and the Concept of Problematic, Dossier

Gaston Bachelard’s 1949 book, Le Rationalisme appliqué (RA; best translated as Reason Applied), is essential to an understanding of his work, and Bachelard is essential to an understanding of twentieth-century French philosophy. That this book has never been translated into English shows how little the anglophone world is yet acquainted with some key aspects of this corpus. …


Corrationalism and the problematic

Dossier: Bachelard and the Concept of Problematic
by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Article, Bachelard and the Concept of Problematic, Dossier

If the fear of being accused of psychologism were not so keenly felt by epistemologists they would no doubt pay more attention to the problem of the acquisition of ideas.* They would then notice that to each new idea there remains attached a perspective of acquisition, an approach structure which develops in a …


The brain and thought

by / RP 148 (Mar/Apr 2008) / Article

No doubt we all like to think that we think, and many of us would like to know how it is that we think as we do. It appears that the question has ceased to be a purely theoretical one. It now seems that more and more of the powers that be [plus en plus …


Thomas Kuhn, 1922-1996

by , and / RP 082 (Mar/Apr 1997) / Obituary


Georges Canguilhem, 1904-1995

by / RP 075 (Jan/Feb 1996) / Obituary


In partial praise of a positivist

The work of Otto Neurath
by / RP 074 (Nov/Dec 1995) / Article


Karl Popper, 1902-1994

by , , and / RP 070 (Mar/Apr 1995) / Obituary


Feminist Epistemology: An Impossible Project?

by / RP 053 (Autumn 1989) / Article

This paper takes up the recent epistemological turn in feminist theory and some of the problems thereby raised. The fundamental aim of feminist theories in general is to analyze (and change) gender relations. It may be argued that the term ‘epistemology’ in feminist discourse should not be defined too narrowly. For the most part it …


Is Bhaskar’s Realism Realistic?

by / RP 049 (Summer 1988) / Article


The Eupsychian Impulse

Psychoanalysis and Left politics since '68
by / RP 048 (Spring 1988) / Article


Beyond Objectivism and Relativism

by / RP 047 (Autumn 1987) / Article


Scientific and Social Problems and Perspectives of Alternative Medicine

Analysis of a Dutch Controversy
by , and / RP 041 (Autumn 1985) / Article


Marksism: The Shape of Things to Come?

by / RP 037 (Summer 1984) / Editorial


Ideological Commitments in the Philosophy of Science

With a Comment on Ravetz by Edgley
by and / RP 037 (Summer 1984) / Article


Newton at the Crossroads

by / RP 037 (Summer 1984) / Article


In Search of a Method

Hegel, Marx and Realism
by / RP 035 (Autumn 1983) / Article


A Critical Note on Bhaskar and Systems Theory

by / RP 033 (Spring 1983) / Article


What is Scientific Ideology?

With an Introduction by Mike Shortland
by and / RP 029 (Autumn 1981) / Article


Realism and Social Science

Some Comments on Roy Bhaskar's 'The Possibility of Naturalism'
by / RP 027 (Spring 1981) / Article