By Henri Bortoft

ISBN-10: 0940262797

ISBN-13: 9780940262799

While so much readers are conversant in Goethe as a poet and dramatist, few are accustomed to his clinical paintings. during this marvelous ebook, Henri Bortoft (who all started his reviews of Goethean technological know-how with J. G. Bennett and David Bohm) introduces the interesting clinical theories of Goethe. He succeeds in displaying that Goethe’s manner of doing technology used to be now not a poet’s folly yet a real substitute to the dominant medical paradigm.

Bortoft indicates varied, "gentler" type of empiricism is feasible than that demanded by way of the dualizing brain of recent technological technological know-how and demonstrates that Goethe’s participatory phenomenology of a brand new manner of seeing―while faraway from being a old curiosity―in truth proposes a pragmatic approach to the dilemmas of latest, postmodern technological know-how.

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The experiment is first described in terms of the theory, which is the meaning that Newton perceived, and then this description is mistaken for what can be seen with the senses. UNITY WITHOUT UNIFICATION • • 57 When meanings are mistaken for sensory data in this way, we have what amounts to the conjuring trick account of science— the rabbit is pulled out of the hat, but only because it was put there in the first place. The difficulty with this is that the "result" of the experiment is invested with a cognitive authority which it does not have.

But an investigator of the watch cannot open it up to discover the mechanism that produces this pattern. , the so-called laws of nature, but we cannot open nature up to look inside. We cannot go behind the scenes to discover something hidden which produces the observed regularities. So at this point we must try to construct a picture of a hidden mechanism that would give rise to the phenomenon observed with the senses. This metaphor for the intellectual step from observation to theory is clearly very limited, and in terms of the contemporary philosophy of science it is also very naïve.

When this is looked at through the prism, the order of the colors is seen to be inverted compared I GOETHE'S SCIENTIFIC CONSCIOUSNESS • • 49 with the previous case. Now violet and red overlap, instead of yellow and light blue, and where they meet a ruby-magenta color appears instead of green. So the order of the colors from the top border downwards is blue, violet, ruby-magenta, red, orange, yellow. This is not mentioned by Newton. But that is not surprising, since it would have to be called the "spectrum of dark," and this would be impossible if the colors were derived from light alone in the way that Newton believed.

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