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Goethean Science

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Rudolf Steiner went to Weimar to edit the scientific writings of Goethe for the Kuerschner edition of the "German National Literature." Along with sorting and arranging Goethe's works, Steiner wrote introductions and commentaries that have been collected and published in English translation under the titles Goethe the Scientist or Goethean Science.

By Rudolf Steiner

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In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works in German, the volume containing the German text is entitled Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften, Einleitungen, (Vol. I in the Bibliographic Survey). It was originally published as introductions to Goethe's Natural-Scientific Works in Kürschner's Deutsche National Literatur, edited by Rudolf Steiner, with introductions, footnotes, and annotations in four volumes, 1883 – 1897. Also translated as Goethe the Scientist.

This translation into English was made by William Lindeman, and is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Cover graphic form by Rudolf Steiner (originally as a study for the book Truth and Science). Layout and lettering, Peter Stebbing. Text by John Roland Penner.

Copyright © 1988
This e.Text edition is provided through the wonderful work of:
The Mercury Press
Book Cover Image

Thanks to a donation from John Penner, this book has been made available.


 Cover Sheet  
I: Introduction  
II: How Goethe's Theory of Metamorphosis Arose  
III: How Goethe's Thoughts on the Development of the Animals Arose  
IV: The Nature and Significance of Goethe's Writings on Organic Development  
V: Concluding Remarks on Goethe's Morphological Views  
VI: Goethe's Way of Knowledge  
VII: The Arrangement of Goethe's Natural-scientific Writings  
VIII: From Art to Science  
IX: Goethe's Epistemology  
X: Knowing and Human Action in the Light of the Goethean Way of Thinking  
XI: Relationship of the Goethean Way of Thinking to Other Views  
XII: Goethe and Mathematics  
XIII: Goethe's Basic Geological Principle  
XIV: Goethe's Meteorological Conceptions  
XV: Goethe and Natural-scientific Illusionism  
XVI: Goethe as Thinker and Investigator  
XVII: Goethe Against Atomism  
XVIII: Goethe's World View in his Aphorisms in Prose  

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