By Arthur Zajonc
Examines Goethe's overlooked yet widespread physique of medical paintings, considers the philosophical foundations of his technique, and applies his approach to the genuine international of nature.
Though most sensible identified for his superlative poetry and performs, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) additionally produced a large physique of medical paintings that fascinated with such assorted themes as crops, colour, clouds, climate, and geology. Goethe's means of technological know-how is extremely strange since it seeks to attract jointly the intuitive expertise of paintings with the rigorous commentary and taking into account technological know-how. Written by means of significant students and practitioners of Goethean technological know-how at the present time, this ebook considers the philosophical foundations of Goethe's process and applies the tactic to the true global of nature, together with experiences of crops, animals, and the flow of water.
Part I discusses the philosophical foundations of the method and clarifies its epistemology and technique; half II applies the tactic to the true global of nature; and half III examines the way forward for Goethean technology and emphasizes its nice price for larger knowing and taking good care of the traditional environment.
"I specifically just like the indisputable fact that an immense element of this e-book is dedicated to offering the result of Goethean technology study. 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 combination of conception with perform makes this a huge 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 examine of setting. whereas not easy universal paradigms of positivist, clinical method, the booklet does so unpretentiously, conscientiously and with a lot rigor. the variety of examples supplied by way of the authors is very illumining of the Goethean phenomenology of nature. i like to recommend this booklet to ecologists, scientists, philosophers, and scholars of nature as a considerate exploration of different methods of seeing the area and its residing forms." -- Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, division of Philosophy, collage of Toronto
"This assortment is a stunning reveal of what might be performed with Goethe's technological know-how while utilized by way of efficient students and researchers. The interaction of techniques (from the philosophical to the poetic, from the organic to the inventive) demonstrates how glossy technological know-how can have the option out of the Gordian knot it has gotten itself into." -- Douglas E. Miller, division of overseas Languages, collage of Michigan, Flint