« À toute intelligence je préfère la mienne » : quand Jean Epstein lisait Gaston Bachelard

Abstract : This article proposes to evaluate the influence of Gaston Bachelard’s thinking on the theoretical reflection of the director of la Chute de la maison Usher and Finis Terrae , based on Jean Epstein’s reading notes. Although implicit, Epstein’s debt to the author of l’Eau etles rêves allows us to bring to light a common ground of opinions regarding important personalities in the history of philosophy and modern science, sometimes expressed as rejection (Descartes, Bergson), sometimes as admiration (Poe, Einstein, the pre-Socratics). Furthermore, Epstein’s conception of time, largely borrowed from Bachelard, notably via a close reading of the latter’s metaphysical works, will become pivotal to his thinking about the way in which cinema introduces vision to an equipped dimension, a « time of instruments ». Nonetheless, Epstein always remained critical and lucid with regard to a philosopher from whom he borrowed greatly, without explicitly claiming him as a model.
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Eric Thouvenel. « À toute intelligence je préfère la mienne » : quand Jean Epstein lisait Gaston Bachelard. 1895 - revue de l’Association française de recherche sur l’histoire du cinéma, Association française de recherche sur l’histoire du cinéma (AFRHC), 2010, pp.52 - 75. ⟨10.4000/1895.3781⟩. ⟨hal-01670113⟩

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