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The passage to Cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America

Author: Laura Dassow Walls
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. With Cosmos, the book that crowned his career, Humboldt offered to the world his vision of humans and nature as integrated halves of a single whole. In it, Humboldt espoused the idea that, while the universe of nature exists apart from human purpose, its beauty  Read more...
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Walls, Laura Dassow.
Passage to Cosmos.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009003099
(OCoLC)300982360
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Dassow Walls
ISBN: 0226871843 9780226871844
OCLC Number: 458586518
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 404 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Prologue: Humboldt's bridge --
Confluences --
Passage to America, 1799-1804 --
Manifest destinies --
Interchapter: Finally shall come the poet --
"All are alike designed for freedom": Humboldt on race and slavery --
The community of Cosmos --
The face of planet America --
Epilogue: recalling Cosmos.
Responsibility: Laura Dassow Walls.

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Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. With Cosmos, the book that crowned his career, Humboldt offered to the world his vision of humans and nature as integrated halves of a single whole. In it, Humboldt espoused the idea that, while the universe of nature exists apart from human purpose, its beauty and order, the very idea of the whole it composes, are human achievements: cosmos comes into being in the dance of world and mind, subject and object, science and poetry. Humboldt'

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