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Romanticism and the Sciences

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David Knight, S. R. Morgan, Elinor S. Shaffer, Dietrich Von Engelhardt, Frederick Gregory, Simon Shaffer, Nelly Tsouyopoulos, Timothy Lenoir, Evelleen Richards, Philip F. Rehbock, L. S. Jacyna, Malcolm Nicholson, Dennis L. Sepper, Walter D. Wetzels, Christopher Lawrence, H. A. M. Snelders, Nicholas A. Rupke, Jeremy Adler, Nigel Reeves, Trevor H. Levere, David van Leer, John Reddick
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  • Date Published: June 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521356855

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  • This book presents a series of essays, each specially written by an expert in the area, which focus on the role of Romantic philosophy and ideology in the sciences, and on the role of the sciences in Romantic literature. The contributions are designed to give a systematic coverage of the whole field. They are written at a popular level; they are well illustrated; and are accompanied by suggestions for further reading suitable for undergraduates and others. Divided into four sections under the titles 'Romanticism', 'Sciences of the Organic', 'Sciences of the Inorganic', and 'Literature and the Sciences', the book discusses various themes, movements and theories, as well as individual scientists and writers (including Schelling, von Humboldt, Goethe, Ritter, Davy, Oersted, Kleist, Coleridge, and Buchner). There is an editorial introduction prefiguring some of the concerns of the books. This original collection, designed to provide a balance of literary and scientific interests for students in both humanistic and scientific disciplines and occupies an important place in a previously under-explored field.

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    • Date Published: June 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521356855
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Preface
    Introduction: the age of reflexion
    Part I. Romanticism:
    1. Romanticism and the sciences David Knight
    2. Schelling and the origins of his Naturphilosophie S. R. Morgan
    3. Romantic philosophy and the organization of the disciplines: the founding of the Humboldt University of Berlin Elinor S. Shaffer
    4. Historical consciousness in the German Romantic Naturforschung Dietrich Von Engelhardt
    5. Theology and the sciences in the German Romantic period Frederick Gregory
    6. Genius in Romantic natural philosophy Simon Shaffer
    Part II. Sciences of the Organic:
    7. Doctors contra clysters and feudalism: the consequences of a Romantic revolution Nelly Tsouyopoulos
    8. Morphotypes and the historical-genetic method in Romantic biology Timothy Lenoir
    9. 'Metaphorical mystifications': the Romantic gestation of nature in British biology Evelleen Richards
    10. Transcendental anatomy Philip F. Rehbock
    11. Romantic thought and the origins of cell theory L. S. Jacyna
    12. Alexander von Humbolt and the geography of vegetation Malcolm Nicholson
    Part III. Sciences of the Inorganic:
    13. Goethe, colour, and the science of seeing Dennis L. Sepper
    14. Johann Wilhelm Ritter: Romantic physics in Germany Walter D. Wetzels
    15. The power and the glory: Humphrey Davy and Romanticism Christopher Lawrence
    16. Oersted's discovery of electromagnetism H. A. M. Snelders
    17. Caves, fossils and the history of the earth Nicholas A. Rupke
    Part IV. Literature and the Sciences:
    18. Goethe's use of chemical theory in his Elective Affinities Jeremy Adler
    19. Kleist's bedlam: abnormal psychology and psychiatry in the works of Heinrich von Kleist Nigel Reeves
    20. Coleridge and the sciences Trevor H. Levere
    21. Nature's book: the language of science in the American Renaissance David van Leer
    22. The shattered whole: Georg Buchner and Naturphilosophie John Reddick
    Index.

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    Andrew Cunningham

    Nicholas Jardine

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    David Knight, S. R. Morgan, Elinor S. Shaffer, Dietrich Von Engelhardt, Frederick Gregory, Simon Shaffer, Nelly Tsouyopoulos, Timothy Lenoir, Evelleen Richards, Philip F. Rehbock, L. S. Jacyna, Malcolm Nicholson, Dennis L. Sepper, Walter D. Wetzels, Christopher Lawrence, H. A. M. Snelders, Nicholas A. Rupke, Jeremy Adler, Nigel Reeves, Trevor H. Levere, David van Leer, John Reddick

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