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Author Richards, Robert J. (Robert John), 1942-

Title The romantic conception of life : science and philosophy in the age of Goethe / Robert J. Richards
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 587 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Science and its conceptual foundations
Science and its conceptual foundations.
Contents Introduction : A most happy encounter -- pt. 1. The early Romantic movement in literature, philosophy, and science. The early Romantic movement -- Schelling : the poetry of nature -- Denouement : farewell to Jena -- pt. 2. Scientific foundations of the Romantic conception of life. Early theories of development : Blumenbach and Kant -- Kielmeyer and the organic powers of nature -- Johann Christian Reil's Romantic theories of life and mind, or rhapsodies on a cat-piano -- Schelling's dynamic evolutionism -- Conclusion : Mechanism, teleology, and evolution -- pt. 3. Goethe, a genius for poetry, morphology, and women. The erotic authority of nature -- Goethe's scientific revolution -- Conclusion : The history of a life in art and science -- pt. 4. Epilogue. The Romantic conception of life -- Darwin's Romantic biology
Summary "All art should become science and all science art; poetry and philosophy should be made one." Friedrich Schlegel's words perfectly capture the project of the German Romantics, who believed that the aesthetic approaches of art and literature could reveal patterns and meaning in nature that couldn't be uncovered through rationalistic philosophy and science alone. In this wide-ranging work, Robert J. Richards shows how the Romantic conception of the world influenced (and was influenced by) both the lives of the people who held it and the development of nineteenth-century science. Integr
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 555-571) and index
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Subject German literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and science -- Germany.
Philosophy, German.
Romanticism -- Germany.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226712184 (electronic bk.)
9780226712185 (electronic bk.)