Gaston Bachelard on Surrationalism
and a Revolution of Reason


Where then, lies the duty of surrationalism? It is to take over those formulas, well purged and economically ordered by the logicians, and recharge them psychologically, put them back into motion and into life . . . In teaching a revolution of reason, one would multiply the reasons for spiritual revolutions.


SOURCE: Bachelard, Gaston. “Surrationalism,” written circa 1935, translated by Julien Levy, in: Arsenal / Surrealist Subversion 4, ed. Franklin Rosemont (Chicago: Black Swan Press, 1989), pp.112-114; quote on p. 113.


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