A Bachelardian Concrete Metaphysics

by Miles Kennedy (Author)
©2011 Monographs XVI, 172 Pages


This book examines the notion of ‘the homely’ which rests at the foundation of Gaston Bachelard’s concrete metaphysics. In order to trace the development of this effaced notion through the history of contemporary Continental philosophy and literature, this study progresses along two distinct arcs. One is presented in a traditional chronological fashion whereby the reader is invited to dig down into the enormous chasm set forth in Martin Heidegger’s writing and its reception; become lost in Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves; climb out from this labyrinth into the maternal home; and, finally, come slowly to rest in Gaston Bachelard’s concrete metaphysics. Then a Bachelardian topoanalysis is applied to these images drawn from philosophy and literature, metaphysical and concrete expression, in order to follow a second, more significant arc along which progressively more primal spaces are uncovered. This second arc leads back, ultimately, to the foundation of concrete metaphysics: home. Through this topoanalysis the author articulates a fundamental insight about the human desire to have ‘a place of one’s own’, a warm and comfortable, fixed and fixing space in which to set ourselves apart from the strife and turmoil of ‘The World’.


XVI, 172
ISBN (Softcover)
Gaston Bachelard's concrete metaphysics Existentialism Heidegger's metaphysics of Being-in contemporary Continental philosophy and literature
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XVI, 172 pp.

Biographical notes

Miles Kennedy (Author)

Miles Kennedy was awarded his PhD in philosophy in 2008 from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he currently teaches philosophy, phenomenology and IT ethics. He also teaches on several outreach programmes for socially and economically disadvantaged students. He has published reviews and papers on the phenomenology of imagination and has presented his work at conferences across the world.


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