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Dialogues on the beauty of nature and Moral reflections on certain topics of natural history

Author: Johann Georg Sulzer
Publisher: Lanham : University Press of America, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : German
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Swiss critic Johann Georg Sulzer's Dialogues on the Beauty of Nature (1750) and Reflections on Certain Topics of Natural History (1745) are exemplary specimens of eighteenth-century European theology, philosophy, natural history, and aesthetics. Sulzer's contemporaries-notably Goethe-read him with attention. Eric Miller's elegant translation comes with a vivid, informative, and strongly contextualizing introduction.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johann Georg Sulzer
ISBN: 0761830863 9780761830863
OCLC Number: 60693062
Notes: Translation of the 1770 printing.
Description: xxiv, 123 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Acknowledgments: Dialogues on the Beauty of Nature Chapter 4 Reflection on This New Edition Chapter 5 First Dialogue: The first dialogue details the sensory beauties of nature.; They comprise:; A morning view; Natural pleasure; Change in natural beauty; Gentle effects of nature; Order and harmony of nature; Beauty of the vegetable kingdom; Beauty of Chapter 6 Second Dialogue: Origin of the arts in nature; Comparison of nature and art; Agreeable engagement of the spirit; Nature's consummate art manifest in the eye; Wisdom in the works of nature; Wisdom in individual kinds; Exceptional example of the above Chapter 7 Third Dialogue: An evening prospect; Evening thoughts; Champions of arbitrary chance; True order and constant equilibrium in nature; How much is owing to accident; Purpose in nature; Doubts raised against the above; Proof of purpose drawn from indiv Chapter 8 Fourth Dialogue: Kinds of beauty in nature; Rarities in nature; In the kingdom of minerals; In the vegetable kingdom; Wonder in the generation of plants; In the animal kingdom; Metamorphoses of insects; Genius of animals; Economy and genius of bees; Chapter 9 Fifth Dialogue: God in the beauty of nature; Highest object of thought; nature is the school of the spirits; And of the heart; Highest degree of natural beauty; Moral reflections on certain topics of natural history
Other Titles: Unterredungen über die Schönheit der Natur.
Moral reflections on certain topics of natural history
Responsibility: Johann Georg Sulzer ; translated by Eric Miller.

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Swiss critic Johann Georg Sulzer's Dialogues on the Beauty of Nature (1750) and Reflections on Certain Topics of Natural History (1745) are exemplary specimens of eighteenth-century European theology, philosophy, natural history, and aesthetics. Sulzer's contemporaries-notably Goethe-read him with attention. Eric Miller's elegant translation comes with a vivid, informative, and strongly contextualizing introduction. Sulzer's early works are a curio cabinet of the philosophical and theological arguments that exercised and enticed the intelligentsia of his period. These topics and arguments have by no means forfeited pertinence today.

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