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Goethe's Way of Science


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List of Figures Preface Goethe, Nature, and Phenomenology: An Introduction David Seamon 1. Goethe and the Science of His Time: An Historical Introduction Arthur Zajonc PART I. GOETHEAN SCIENCE: PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS 2. The Metamorphosis of the Scientist Frederick Amrine 3. Goethean Science Walter Heitler 4. Goethe, Science, and Sensory Experience Herbert Hensel 5. The Idea in Nature: Rereading Goethe's Organics Ronald H. Brady PART II. DOING GOETHEAN SCIENCE 6. Transformations in the Foliage Leaves of the Higher Plants Jochen Bockemuhl 7. The Unity of Science and Art: Goethean Phenomenology as a New Ecological Discipline Nigel Hoffmann 8. Horns, Hooves, Spots, and Stripes: Form and Pattern in Mammals Mark Riegner 9. Seeing the Animal Whole: The Example of the Horse and Lion Craig Holdrege 10. Flowforms and the Language of Water Mark Riegner and John Wilkes PART III. THE FUTURE OF GOETHEAN SCIENCE 11. The Resurrection of Thinking and the Redemption of Faust: Goethe's New Scientific Attitude Alan P. Cottrell 12. Counterfeit and Authentic Wholes: Finding a Means for Dwelling in Nature Henri Bortoft 13. Light and Cognition: Goethean Studies as a Science of the Future Arthur Zajonc Contributors Index

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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.


"...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

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