Nature's Open Secret : Introductions to Goethe's Scientific Writings

Nature's Open Secret : Introductions to Goethe's Scientific Writings


The holistic paradigm, Gaia, deep ecology, and new alchemy all have a hidden ancestor: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).

At the youthful age of twenty-one, Steiner was chosen to edit Goethe's scientific writings for the principle Geothe edition of his time. Goethe's literary genius was universally acknowledged; it was Steiner's task to understand and comment on Goethe's scientific achievements. Steiner recognized the significance of Goethe's work with nature and his epistemology, and here began Steiner's own training in epistemology and spiritual science.

This collection of Steiner's introductions to Goethe's works re-visions the meaning of knowledge and how we attain it. Goethe had discovered how thinking could be applied to organic nature and that this experience requires not just rational concepts but a whole new way of perceiving.

In an age when science and technology have been linked to great catastrophes, many are looking for new ways to interact with nature. With a fundamental declaration of the interpenetration of our consciousness and the world around us, Steiner shows how Goethe's approach points the way to a more compassionate and intimate involvement with nature.

1. Introduction by John Barnes 2. The Origin of Goethe's Concept of Metamorphosis 3. The Origin of Goethe's Thinking on Animal Morphology 4. The Nature & Significance of Goethe's Writings on Organic Morphology 5. Goethe's Way of Knowing 6. Concluding Remarks on Goethe's Morphology 7. The Arrangement of Goethe's Scientific Writings 8. From Art to Science 9. Goethe's Theory of Knowledge 10. Knowledge & Action in the Light of Goethe's Ideas 11. Goethe's Way of Thinking Compared to Other Views 12. Goethe and Mathematics 13. Goethe's Fundamental Geological Principle 14. Goethe's Meteorological Ideas 15. On the Subjectivity of Sensory Perceptions 16. Goethe As Thinker & Researcher 17. Goethe versus Atomism 18. Goethe's Worldview in His Verses in Prose Essay by John Barnes: "Participatory Science As the Basis for a Healing Culture" Bibliography & Further Reading
Nature's Open Secret is a translation of Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften, Einleitungen, (1884-1897).

Previous translations were titled Goethe the Scientist and Goethean Science.

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Rudolf Steiner
Paperback | 320 pages
150 x 230 x 17mm | 431g
Publication date
14 Apr 2010
Anthroposophic Press Inc
SteinerBooks, Inc
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
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black & white illustrations
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