Goethe's Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature
SUNY series in Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology
Publication Year: Submitted
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Source ID: shanti-sources-34941
Collection: Contemplation and Ecology
Abstract: Examines Goethe's neglected but sizable body of scientific work, considers the philosophical foundations of his approach, and applies his method to the real world of nature.Though best known for his superlative poetry and plays, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) also produced a sizable body of scientific work that focused on such diverse topics as plants, color, clouds, weather, and geology. Goethe's way of science is highly unusual because it seeks to draw together the intuitive awareness of art with the rigorous observation and thinking of science. Written by major scholars and practitioners of Goethean science today, this book considers the philosophical foundations of Goethe's approach and applies the method to the real world of nature, including studies of plants, animals, and the movement of water.