Reenchanted Science: Holism in German Culture from Wilhelm II to Hitler

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Overview

"[Harrington's] book will serve as a model to an entire generation of historians of science attempting to understand the cultural meaning of science in a far deeper way than their precursors."—Evelyn Fox Keller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Editorial Reviews

Configurations
Reenchanted Science succeeds marvelously in demonstrating the complexity with which science is embedded in its own historical and cultural moment.... A great sense of nuance and a deftly constructed narrative.... Hardly any study of Weimar culture has so masterfully evoked the complexity of its history with such clarity of exposition.
— Luke Springman
The Times Literary Supplement
Anne Harrington has confirmed the status of German culture in the first half of this century as the principal crucible of modernity.
— Daniel Johnson
The Times Literary Supplement - Daniel Johnson
Anne Harrington has confirmed the status of German culture in the first half of this century as the principal crucible of modernity.
Configurations - Luke Springman
Reenchanted Science succeeds marvelously in demonstrating the complexity with which science is embedded in its own historical and cultural moment.... A great sense of nuance and a deftly constructed narrative.... Hardly any study of Weimar culture has so masterfully evoked the complexity of its history with such clarity of exposition.
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"Anne Harrington has confirmed the status of German culture in the first half of this century as the principal crucible of modernity."—Daniel Johnson, The Times Literary Supplement

"Reenchanted Science succeeds marvelously in demonstrating the complexity with which science is embedded in its own historical and cultural moment.... A great sense of nuance and a deftly constructed narrative.... Hardly any study of Weimar culture has so masterfully evoked the complexity of its history with such clarity of exposition."—Luke Springman, Configurations

Configurations
Reenchanted Science succeeds marvelously in demonstrating the complexity with which science is embedded in its own historical and cultural moment.... A great sense of nuance and a deftly constructed narrative.... Hardly any study of Weimar culture has so masterfully evoked the complexity of its history with such clarity of exposition.
— Luke Springman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691050508
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The "Human Machine" and the Call to "Wholeness" 3
Ch. 2 Biology against Democracy and the "Gorilla-Machine" 34
Ch. 3 World War I and the Search for God in the Nervous System 72
Ch. 4 "A Peacefully Blossoming Tree": The Rational Enchantment of Gestalt Psychology 103
Ch. 5 The Self-Actualizing Brain and the Biology of Existential Choice 140
Ch. 6 Life Science, Nazi Wholeness, and the "Machine" in Germany's Midst 175
Conclusion 207
Notes 213
Bibliography 275
Index 303
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