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Romanticism and the Sciences - Dr. Andrew Cunningham

Paperback Published: 27th August 1990
ISBN: 9780521356855
Number Of Pages: 368

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While the Romantic period has attracted a great deal of interest in recent times, there has neen no general work since 1941 on the relationship between Romanticism and the sciences. This new 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 helpfully 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 underexplored field.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface Short list of introductory reading in English
Introduction: the age of reflexion
Romanticism and the sciences
Schelling and the origins of his Naturphilosophie
Romantic philosophy and the organization of the disciplines: the founding of the Humboldt University of Berlin
Historical consciousness in the German Romantic Naturforschung
Theology and the sciences in the German Romantic period
Genius in Romantic natural philosophy
Sciences of the Organic
Doctors contra clysters and feudalism: the consequences of a Romantic revolution
Morphotypes and the historical-genetic method in Romantic biology
'Metaphorical mystifications': the Romantic gestation of nature in British biology
Transcendental anatomy
Romantic thought and the origins of cell theory
Alexander von Humbolt and the geography of vegetation
Sciences of the Inorganic
Goethe, colour, and the science of seeing
Johann Wilhelm Ritter: Romantic physics in Germany
The power and the glory: Humphrey Davy and Romanticism
Oersted's discovery of electromagnetism
Caves, fossils and the history of the earth
Literature and the Sciences
Goethe's use of chemical theory in his Elective Affinities
Kleist's bedlam: abnormal psychology and psychiatry in the works of Heinrich von Kleist
Coleridge and the sciences
Nature's book: the language of science in the American Renaissance
The shattered whole: Georg Buchner and Naturphilosophie
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ISBN: 9780521356855
ISBN-10: 0521356857
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 27th August 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.54