Speaking of dreams

In the recent post on history (in the comments) there is talk of dreams and dreaming. That subject has been a winner here on the Blog over the years.


Here are a few links:

  1. https://boblane.com/2017/03/31/descartes/
  2. https://boblane.com/2006/06/08/dreams-redux/
  3. https://boblane.com/2015/11/18/clemente-discussion/
  4. https://boblane.com/2016/09/18/ss-dreams/

3 thoughts on “Speaking of dreams

  1. Descartes’ dream is a famous example of dreaming:

    The Modern World, our world of triumphant rationality, began on November 10, 1619, with a revelation and a nightmare. On that day, in a room in the small Bavarian village of Ulm, René Descartes, a Frenchman, twenty-three years old, crawled into a wall stove and, when he was well warmed, had a vision. It was not a vision of God, or of the Mother of God, or of celestial chariots, or of the New Jerusalem. It was a vision of the unification of all science. – Philip Davis and Reuben Hirsch, Descartes’ Dream(2005)

    Littré Dictionnaire de la Langue Française offers the following list of meanings and contexts in which to interpret (le)songe:
    1. Faire un songe. = To dream.
    2. fig. S’abandonner à ses rêveries. = To lose oneself, to surrender oneself to reveries, to daydreaming.
    3. fig. Avoir en l’idée, considérée, se souvenir de, s’aviser de.= To have an idea, to consider, to remember something, to become aware of.
    4. S’occuper de, avoir en vue. = To be busy with, to envisage.
    5. Voir en songe.= To see in a dream.
    6. fig. S’occuper de, avoir enl’idée.= To be preoccupied with, to have an idea.

    In the form of a verb, we encounter two possibilities. The first one songer de, c’est faire un songe sur = to have a dream about something; while the second songer á, c’est avoir en l’idée, avoir en vue= to have an idea, to have an opinion.

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