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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) is a giant of German and world literature. Indeed, he coined the term Weltliteratur and spoke Greek, Latin, French, English, and Italian. In addition to its profound quality, the volume of work during his eighty-two-year lifetime is impressive. Among other works, Goethe wrote a worldwide, bestselling novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers, 1774), volumes of poetry, and several dramas, including his masterwork Faust― a massive two-volume work that was not entirely finished by the time of the poet's death. Goethe also engaged in painting and science, from which came his Theory of Color (“Farbenlehre”) among other scientific works―a collected edition that Rudolf Steiner edited and introduced as a young man (see Nature’s Open Secret). Indeed, Goethe's body of scientific and philosophical works was one of the most important influences in the development of Rudolf Steiner’s early work and for Anthroposophy as a whole.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863152376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863152375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Frank Bierbrauer on August 7, 2000
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A wonderful little book maybe to accompany the far more developed one by Henri Bortoft, "The Wholeness of Nature". It takes many excerpts from Goethe's approach to science and includes some of his major essays in the area. If you want a starter in this subject buy it if you want real understanding in depth get Bortoft's book.
The book considers many aspects such plant metamorphosis, colour theory, the concept of the archetype and even some of Goethe's own thoughts on the philosophy of science. There are even pieces which I've seen nowhere else such as the eras of science, merely pointed out but not elaborated upon. In this way the book grabs your attention and doesn't let go, it was my second introduction after Bortoft's having been recommended by him and it is well worth it.
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A wonderful little book maybe to accompany the far more developed one by Henri Bortoft, "The Wholeness of Nature". It takes many excerpts from Goethe's approach to science and includes some of his major essays in the area. If you want a starter in this subject buy it if you want real understanding in depth get Bortoft's book.
The book considers many aspects such plant metamorphosis, colour theory, the concept of the archetype and even some of Goethe's own thoughts on the philosophy of science. There are even pieces which I've seen nowhere else such as the eras of science, merely pointed out but not elaborated upon. In this way the book grabs your attention and doesn't let go, it was my second introduction after Bortoft's having been recommended by him and it is well worth it.
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Today there is a urgent need to revise Science. Goethe's writings on Science give us a useful basis to start this renovation.
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