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The Metamorphosis of Plants

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This booklet contains Goethe's treatise on the metamorphosis of plants in 123 paragraphs as well as Rudolf Steiner's essay "The Origin of Goethe's Theory of Metamorphosis."

Anyone interested in Goethe's dynamic concept of the metamorphosis of plants should read this original treatise. A prime example of his "perceptive power of judgment," this fascinating little work introd
Paperback, 69 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Steiner Books (first published 1798)
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May 31, 2015 Aloha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where are the pictures?

According to the publication review, there are pictures. Nothing. I feel gypped. Granted, $5 iis a fancy cup of coffee, but I purchased because there were mention of pictures.
Nature is an open book, but Nature loves to hide her secrets.

Living organisms appear as external manifestations of an inner principle, but manifestation is also illusion.

Sense-perceptible manifestation is a revealing that conceals a supersensible operating -- the way that a finished painting hides the long process of the artist's labors: it only shows the final product. So too in Nature: we only see the outer manifestation of a concrete living process that just happens to be hidden from view.
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Jan 08, 2011 CX Dillhunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Magnificent, stunning, so wonderful to see the scientist side of Goethe, which was news to me until I was given this book as a gift by my son! I think an exciting read for everyone: the philosopher, scientist, artist, writer, and anyone else on earth!
Sep 07, 2008 Halliday rated it it was amazing
Funny that when Goethe was wrong he was righter than most people are when they're right. But there you go.
Finally, a good translation -- with illustrations!

My rating : Skyful of blossoming stars.
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Mar 03, 2016 Michael Janakis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did my Senior Essay at St. John's College on this book. I love it so much. I still get new things out of it. Absolutely beautiful edition, really gorgeous, with the vast majority of the plants Goethe refers to shown in high-quality photographs. I HIGHLY recommend this edition.
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Goethe was more than a poet - the proof is this book
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include h ...more
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