By Arthur Zajonc
Examines Goethe's missed yet large physique of medical paintings, considers the philosophical foundations of his strategy, and applies his technique to the true international of nature.
Though most sensible recognized for his superlative poetry and performs, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) additionally produced a large physique of medical paintings that desirous about such assorted themes as crops, colour, clouds, climate, and geology. Goethe's method of technological know-how is very strange since it seeks to attract jointly the intuitive know-how of artwork with the rigorous commentary and deliberating technological know-how. Written via significant students and practitioners of Goethean technological know-how this day, this publication considers the philosophical foundations of Goethe's process and applies the strategy to the true global of nature, together with experiences of crops, 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 true global of nature; and half III examines the way forward for Goethean technological know-how and emphasizes its nice price for larger figuring out and taking care of the average environment.
"I specially just like the undeniable fact that a massive element of this booklet is dedicated to proposing the result of Goethean technology examine. This units the booklet except all others that experience seemed in English. those few books were heavy on thought and light-weight on effects. the combination of conception with perform makes this a major contribution." -- Bruce okay. Kirchoff, division of Biology, collage of North Carolina, Greensboro
"Goethe's means of Science is a readable, hugely unique contribution to the examine of atmosphere. whereas not easy universal paradigms of positivist, medical method, the ebook does so unpretentiously, rigorously and with a lot rigor. the variety of examples supplied by way of the authors is especially 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, college of Toronto
"This assortment is a blinding exhibit of what should be performed with Goethe's technological know-how while utilized via useful students and researchers. The interaction of methods (from the philosophical to the poetic, from the organic to the inventive) demonstrates how glossy technological know-how can have the ability out of the Gordian knot it has gotten itself into." -- Douglas E. Miller, division of international Languages, college of Michigan, Flint