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Even though most sensible recognized for his superlative poetry and performs, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) additionally produced a large physique of clinical paintings that excited by such different subject matters as vegetation, colour, clouds, climate, and geology.

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Bertha Mueller (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1952), p. 228. 12. G. W. F. Hegel, Philosophy of Nature, ed. and trans. M. J. Petry, 3 vols. (London: Allen, 1970), 2:139ff. 13. Hegel, sec. 276,11:17. 14. Goethe, HA, XIIP315. 15. J. P. Eckermann, Conversations with Goethe, ed. H. Kohn, trans. G. C. O'Brien (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1964), pp. 125-26; the conversation of October 18, 1827. 16. J. W. von Goethe, Goethes Briefe, HA, III (25 January 1787). 17. B//bci3/ Vision: Novalis' Philosophy of Nature and Disease (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1971), and Novalis (Boston: Twayne, 1980).

Bertha Mueller (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1952), p. 228. 12. G. W. F. Hegel, Philosophy of Nature, ed. and trans. M. J. Petry, 3 vols. (London: Allen, 1970), 2:139ff. 13. Hegel, sec. 276,11:17. 14. Goethe, HA, XIIP315. 15. J. P. Eckermann, Conversations with Goethe, ed. H. Kohn, trans. G. C. O'Brien (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1964), pp. 125-26; the conversation of October 18, 1827. 16. J. W. von Goethe, Goethes Briefe, HA, III (25 January 1787). 17. B//bci3/ Vision: Novalis' Philosophy of Nature and Disease (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1971), and Novalis (Boston: Twayne, 1980).

Again we see that the primary aim of science, as Goethe understands it, must be self-development, the metamorphosis of the scientist. MORPHOLOGY AND CHROMATICS The centrality of metamorphosis to Goethe's concept of scientific method helps also to explain, perhaps, why he chose to work primarily in the disciplines of plant morphology and chromatics. " Like botanical phenomena, colors also are governed by the archetypal principles of "polarity" {Polaritat) and'"enhancement" {Steigerung). ), for it is precisely these conditions which in his theory are the bases of explanation.

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