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Author Walls, Laura Dassow.

Title The passage to Cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America / Laura Dassow Walls
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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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
Summary 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'
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 -- Influence -- United States.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 -- Political and social views.
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859. Kosmos
Science -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226871843 (electronic bk.)
9780226871844 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)