Goethe's Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (Suny Series, Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology)

Goethe's Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (Suny Series, Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology)

Arthur Zajonc


Examines Goethe's ignored yet significant physique of medical paintings, considers the philosophical foundations of his process, and applies his option to the true international of nature.

Though top recognized for his superlative poetry and performs, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) additionally produced a large physique of clinical paintings that excited by such different issues as crops, colour, clouds, climate, and geology. Goethe's approach of technology is very strange since it seeks to attract jointly the intuitive know-how of paintings with the rigorous commentary and contemplating technological know-how. Written by way of significant students and practitioners of Goethean technology this day, this e-book considers the philosophical foundations of Goethe's technique and applies the tactic to the true international of nature, together with experiences of vegetation, animals, and the circulation of water.

Part I discusses the philosophical foundations of the method and clarifies its epistemology and method; half II applies the strategy to the genuine global of nature; and half III examines the way forward for Goethean technological know-how and emphasizes its nice worth for greater realizing and taking good care of the typical environment.

"I specially just like the incontrovertible fact that a big part of this e-book is dedicated to offering the result of Goethean technology learn. This units the publication except all others that experience seemed in English. those few books were heavy on conception and light-weight on effects. the mixing of thought with perform makes this an enormous contribution." -- Bruce ok. Kirchoff, division of Biology, college of North Carolina, Greensboro

"Goethe's approach of Science is a readable, hugely unique contribution to the learn of surroundings. whereas demanding universal paradigms of positivist, medical method, the e-book does so unpretentiously, rigorously and with a lot rigor. the variety of examples supplied by means of the authors is very illumining of the Goethean phenomenology of nature. i like to recommend this publication to ecologists, scientists, philosophers, and scholars of nature as a considerate exploration of different methods of seeing the realm and its residing forms." -- Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, division of Philosophy, collage of Toronto

"This assortment is a stunning reveal of what should be performed with Goethe's technological know-how while utilized through powerfuble students and researchers. The interaction of techniques (from the philosophical to the poetic, from the organic to the creative) demonstrates how sleek technology can have the opportunity out of the Gordian knot it has gotten itself into." -- Douglas E. Miller, division of overseas Languages, collage of Michigan, Flint

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