Taking Appearance Seriously: The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought

Taking Appearance Seriously: The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought

By: Henri Bortoft (author)Paperback

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The history of western metaphysics from Plato onwards is dominated by the dualism of being and appearance. What something really is (its true being) is believed to be hidden behind the 'mere appearances' through which it manifests. Twentieth-century European thinkers radically overturned this way of thinking. 'Appearance' began to be taken seriously, with the observer participating in the dynamic event of perception. In this important book, Henri Bortoft guides us through this dynamic way of seeing, exploring issues including how we distinguish things, how we find meaning, and the relationship between thought and words. Expanding the scope of his previous book, The Wholeness of Nature, Bortoft shows how Goethean insights combine with this dynamic way of seeing in continental philosophy, to offer an actively experienced 'life of meaning'. This book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the contribution and wider implications of modern European thought in the world today.

About Author

Henri Bortoft (1938-2012) was a physicist with an interest in the history of science and continental philosophy. He authored the well-received book, The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe's Way of Science (Floris Books, 1996, 2005).

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780863159275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780863159275
  • weight: 388
  • ISBN10: 0863159273

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