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

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ISBN-10: 0791436829
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this volume does give some exciting glimpses of what a qualitative science might be like As an introduction to Goethe s way of science, this book serves wonderfully well Goethe could hardly have wished for more. Worldviews
I especially like the fact that a major portion of this book is devoted to presenting the results of Goethean Science research. This sets the book apart from all others that have appeared in English. These few books have been heavy on theory and light on results. The integration of theory with practice makes this an important contribution. Bruce K. Kirchoff, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Goethe s Way of Science is a readable, highly original contribution to the study of environment. While challenging common paradigms of positivist, scientific methodology, the book does so unpretentiously, carefully and with much rigor. The range of examples provided by the authors is particularly illumining of the Goethean phenomenology of nature. I recommend this book to ecologists, scientists, philosophers, and students of nature as a thoughtful exploration of alternative ways of seeing the world and its living forms. Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
This collection is a dazzling display of what can be done with Goethe s science when applied by competent scholars and researchers. The interplay of approaches (from the philosophical to the poetic, from the biological to the artistic) demonstrates how modern science can find a way out of the Gordian knot it has gotten itself into. Douglas E. Miller, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Michigan, Flint"

About the Author

David Seamon is Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University. He is the editor of several books, including most recently Dwelling, Seeing, and Designing (SUNY Press) and Dwelling, Place, and Environment, and is the author of A Geography of the Lifeworld. Arthur Zajonc is Professor of Physics at Amherst College and has lectured widely on quantum physics. He is the author of Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind and coauthor, with George Greenstein, of The Quantum Challenge: Modern Research on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Suny Series, Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (April 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791436829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791436820
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Frank Bierbrauer on August 3, 2000
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A timely book describing the way of science practised by Goethe and still continued today through the talents of Bockemuehl, Schad and others. Thankfully Goethe's "way" has not died the seemingly natural death expected after the assault of scientific positivism/reductionism/mechanism which has been the mainstream approach associated with science since Galileo, Newton and Descarte. In fact science has come to mean this very method. Whether it is admitted or not by many scientists, they do feel a certain dimunition in the sense of life first experienced when exposed to the original dynamic ideas of science such as general relativity, evolution or the concept of the atom. This sense, well expressed by Blake's beautiful poetic lines "universe in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower" is what drew them to a scientific career in the first place and shows that scientists just as much as artists are searchers for wonder in the universe. The question remains how has this sense of wonder been eradicated from the modern scientific approach. The answer is it hasn't, not completely, investigators still feel this sense of wonder as they investigate a new phenomenon for the first time and the associated flood of ideas emanating from it. However once past this initial stage scientific investigations progress in a very methodical way which leaches the life from the initial phenomenon. Goethe initiated a science which tries to maintain this "living" sense at all stages of the investigation without the influx of total subjectivity. This book demonstrates some investigators' own contemporary scientific investigations from the growth of plants to the evolution and structure of mammals. Hopefully such expositions will be read and digested by future scientists and lead to a new revitalisation of science in a creative living way, where this very approach becomes part of the life of the scientist rather than as a separate part of his world.
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A major collection of essays on one of the most powerful and largely overlooked approaches to science, one gaining increasing recognition especially in such circles as Schumaker College. Could be a dangerous read - you may never be the same again as you are challenged and confronted on may assumptions you may not even know you had
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By Sabri Gokmen on January 28, 2013
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Excellent copy and shipped fast. This is one of the books that I have been waiting to read. clean book.
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