The Cultural Enframing of Nature: Environmental Histories during the Early German Romantic Period

@article{Steigerwald2000TheCE,
  title={The Cultural Enframing of Nature: Environmental Histories during the Early German Romantic Period},
  author={Joan Steigerwald and James Fairbairn},
  journal={Environment and History},
  year={2000},
  volume={6},
  pages={451-496}
}
The introduction of histories of nature in the late eighteenth century posed the epistemological problem of how to bring the diversity of empirical laws into theoretical unity. Whilst Goethe and Humboldt argued for the possibility of objective histories of nature through modes of disciplined perception, Schelling emphasised the inevitable subjectivity of such histories and the impossibility of displaying visually or instrumentally the internal processes generating manifest forms. Each of these… 
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