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If critique and clarification succeeded in the idealizations of geometry, he argued, then this should also be considered achievable in other sciences. ”20 For Husserl—as later also for Jacques Derrida, who translated and commented on this text of Husserl’s—the development of forms of written fixation played a key role in this process of tradition. ”21 We have seen how this collective dimension of the production of knowledge, considered both synchronically and diachronically, took for Bachelard the form of an instrumental embodiment, at least as far as the physical sciences were concerned.
18 The difficulty here is brought to a head: “The scientist is not aware of the fact that the constant foundation of his subjective mental work is the lived environment, which is constantly presupposed as the ground, the field of work, on which his questions and his method of thinking alone have any meaning. ” If critique and clarification succeeded in the idealizations of geometry, he argued, then this should also be considered achievable in other sciences. ”20 For Husserl—as later also for Jacques Derrida, who translated and commented on this text of Husserl’s—the development of forms of written fixation played a key role in this process of tradition.
In contrast to many of his contemporaries, who complained about the process of fragmentation of the sciences into ever more specialized disciplines, and misguidedly aimed at a comprehensive scientific formation, Bachelard emphasized the productive aspect of the process. The islands of scientific rationality are not disciplines with hard and fast borders, but rather little patterns, cantons, or regions that may suddenly arise on the basis of an instrument or experiment, but whose margins are fluid and can disappear or merge together with other unities.