Department of History of Science and Ideas

Hans Jörg Rheinberger: "Albert Flocon and Gaston Bachelard – On the Encounter of a Copper Engraver with a Philosopher of Science"

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas, Office for History of Science
  • Contact person: H. Otto Sibum
  • Seminarium

Office for History of Science

Hans Jörg Rheinberger, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte: "Albert Flocon and Gaston Bachelard – On the Encounter of a Copper Engraver with a Philosopher of Science"

Abstract
Between the late 40s and the late 50s of the past century, a collaboration of a special kind took shape in Paris. The philosopher of science and poetologist Gaston Bachelard and the copper engraver and perspectivist Albert Flocon created together a series of bibliophilic works to which Flocon contributed the engravings and Bachelard the accompanying reflections. The texts as well as the engravings turn around the hand and its phenomeno-technical interpretation between the poles of concretion and abstraction. In the talk, the encounter will be presented by reference to a number of selected examples.