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Jeremy Naydler provides for the first time a systematic arrangement of extracts from Goethe's major scientific works to provide a dear picture of Goethe's fundamentally different approach to scientific study of the natural world. According to Goethe, our deepest knowledge of phenomena can arise only from a contemplative relationship with nature, in which our feelings of awe and wonder are intrinsic. As conceived by him, science is as much a path of inner development as it is a way to accumulating knowledge. It therefore involves a rigorous training of our faculties of observation and thinking.
From a Goethean standpoint, our modern ecological crisis is a crisis of relationship to nature. Goethe shows us a path of sensitive science that holds the potential for healing both nature and ourselves.