Goethe's Science of Living Form

Hoffman, Nigel

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2007. Paperback. Employing the four elements of Earth ,Water, Air and Fire, this book shows how each corresponds to a different approach to understanding the natural world. Its four stages of scientific enquiry combine scholarly acuity with artistic insight, and make use of analytical science, mechanics, sculpture, music and poetry. Num Pages: 176 pages, 52 b/w and 8 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: HP; PDA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 253 x 179 x 12. Weight in Grams: 410. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In this groundbreaking book, Nigel Hoffmann shows that understanding the dynamic, living qualities of nature requires artistic capacities. He distinguishes four stages of scientific inquiry that correspond to the four classical elements of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Modern analytical science with its causal thinking can be characterized as an Earth mode of cognition. A dynamic approach that follows transformation over time requires a sculptural sense of form and corresponds to the element of Water. The stages of Air and Fire engage yet more vital aspects of nature through musical and poetic capacities.

Combining scholarly-scientific acuity with artistic insight, Hoffmann first characterizes these four different ways of knowing. He then applies them, leading us ever more deeply into the dynamic qualities of specific plants, animals, and the landscape they live in. In doing so, he demonstrates how this four-step methodology provides a comprehensive framework for the life sciences.

This beautifully illustrated book will appeal to all who are interested in gaining deeper insights into nature.

“I put my hopes for the future in such practice because it plants seeds of a life-attuned thinking into the world that can help us to act in more life-engendering ways.” ―Craig Holdrege (in his foreword)


Contents:

Art and the Emergence of an Authentic Organic Science
Goethe and the Phenomenological Method
Toward an Authentic Method in the Life Sciences
A Goethean Methodology through the Elemental Modes

Earth Cognition―Physical Thinking―the Mechanical
Water Cognition ― Imagination ― the Sculptural
Air Cognition ― Inspiration ― the Musical
Fire Cognition ― Intuition ― the Poetical

Evolution as Creative Process
The Landscape and its Organs
The Human Being and the Evolution of Landscape
The Yabby Ponds: A Goethean Study of Place

About the Author: Nigel Hoffmann was born in Sydney, Australia. He founded the magazine Transforming Art, which he edited for ten years. One of the main themes explored in the magazine was the relationship between art and science. He has taught short courses in Goethean science and, in recent years, has taught at Waldorf schools in Melbourne and Basel, where he currently resides.

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Title: Goethe's Science of Living Form
Publisher: Adonis Press
Publication Date: 2007
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