publication . Article . 2016

Goethe’s theory of colors between the ancient philosophy, middle ages occultism and modern science

Victor Barsan; Andrei Merticariu;
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  • Published: 18 Feb 2016 Journal: Cogent Arts & Humanities, volume 3, issue 1 (issn: 2331-1983, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Abstract
AbstractGoethe’s rejection of Newton’s theory of colors is an interesting example of the vulnerability of the human mind—however brilliant it might be—to fanaticism. After an analysis of Goethe’s persistent fascination with magic and occultism, of his education, existential experiences, influences, and idiosyncrasies, the authors propose an original interpretation of his anti-Newtonian position. The relevance of Goethe’s Farbenlehre to physics and physiology, from the perspective of modern science, is discussed in detail.
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free text keywords: ancient philosophy, greek–roman classicism, middle ages science, newtonian science, occultism, pantheism, optics, theory of colors, primordial phenomenon (urphaenomen), General Arts and Humanities, lcsh:Fine Arts, lcsh:N, lcsh:Arts in general, lcsh:NX1-820, lcsh:General Works, lcsh:A, lcsh:History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, lcsh:AZ20-999, Art history, Magic (paranormal), media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Philosophy, Literature, business.industry, business, Ancient philosophy, Middle Ages, Existentialism, Fanaticism
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