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The will to create : Goethe's philosophy of nature

Author: Astrida Orle Tantillo
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Renowned for his contributions to the literary world. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) believed his greatest accomplishments were in the fields of science and natural philosophy. In fact, Goethe predicted his scientific works would spark a revolution, eclipsing the theories of Newton and Enlightenment science."
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Genre/Form: History
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Tantillo, Astrida Orle.
Will to create.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606787418
Named Person: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Astrida Orle Tantillo
ISBN: 0822941775 9780822941774
OCLC Number: 48383297
Description: xii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The democracy of polar pairs --
Polarity and creation myths --
The theory of colors --
Perception and the physical and "spiritual" eyes --
The subject and object and the argument against hierarchy --
Nature's inner drive --
The metamorphosis of plants --
The transcendence of matter --
Steigerung and scientific writing --
The theory of colors --
The scientific methodology of Steigerung --
The red and the green --
The poetry of science --
The case against teleology --
Scientific methodology and the type --
The principle of compensation --
Goethe and evolution --
Inanimate nature and the "will" to create --
The aesthetics of compensation --
The coming-to-be of parts and wholes --
Natural insurrections --
The barnacles and the state of nature --
The natural philosophy of sex and gender --
Masculine and feminine tendencies --
Plants and human beings.
Responsibility: Astrida Orle Tantillo.

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Goethe (1749-1832), poet and dramatist, was also a philosopher and natural scientist. This work explores his philosophy, and contends it was rooted in creativity. His scientific texts are analysed as  Read more...

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" Tantillo provides a valuable, lucid analysis of Goethe's scientific writings."--Choice Tantillo provides a valuable, lucid analysis of Goethe s scientific writings."--Choice"

 
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