By Arthur Zajonc, David Seamon

Although most sensible recognized for his superlative poetry and performs, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) additionally produced a large physique of clinical paintings that occupied with such diversified themes as crops, colour, clouds, climate, and geology.

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To that end, he developed fundamentally different notions of hypothesis-formation and experimentation. 16 One's initial "theorizing" (Goethe always understands this term in its etymological sense, as our "way of seeing") is not tested against logical axioms deduced from an abstract hypothesis; rather, it is continually tested directly against the phenomena themselves. 17 For Goethe, the active idea is found within the phenomena themselves. However, unlike David Hume or Sir Francis Bacon (and like Immanuel-Kant), he believed that1 the idea is not given immediately in experience.

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). 18. Friedrich von Hardenberg, "Fragmente I," Novalis Werke/Briefe, ed. Ewald Wasmuth (Heidelberg: Lambert Schneider, 1957), 2:142, fragment no. 452. 19. : Wesleyan University Press, 1971).

Arthur G. Zajonc, "The Wearer of Shapes. Goethe's Study of Clouds and Weather," Orion Nature Quarterly 3:1 (winter 1984):34-43. 30. J. W. von Goethe, quoted in A. Wachsmuth, Geeinte Zwienatur (Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, 1966), p. 6. 31. Goethe, HA, XII:366, no. 12. 32. Goethe, HA, XIIL482; Theory of Colours, trans. : MIT Press, 1970), p. 283. 33. Goethe, HA, XIIL452. 34. Goethe, HA, XIIL-317. 35. Goethe, HA, XIL-432, no. 488, trans. F. Amrine. 36. Goethe, HA, XII: 435, no. 509, trans. F. Amrine. 37.

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