Faustian phenomena: teleology in Goethe's interpretation of plants and animals.

  • John F Cornell
  • Published 1990 in The Journal of medicine and philosophy

Abstract

J.W. von Goethe was a daring and wide-ranging biologist as well as a great playwright. His work was a whole: for him, theory and theatre were both based on keen observation of life. Even 'Faustian' striving, the blind upward urge of life, can be found in significant details of organisms and their evolution, according to Goethe. Such observations cannot be… (More)

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@article{Cornell1990FaustianPT, title={Faustian phenomena: teleology in Goethe's interpretation of plants and animals.}, author={John F Cornell}, journal={The Journal of medicine and philosophy}, year={1990}, volume={15 5}, pages={481-92} }