Romanticism and the Sciences

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Andrew Cunningham, Nicholas Jardine
CUP Archive, Jun 28, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 345 pages
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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Contents

Romanticism and the sciences
13
Schelling and the origins of his Naturphilosophie
25
Genius in Romantic natural philosophy
82
the consequences of
101
Morphotypes and the historicalgenetic method in Romantic
119
the Romantic gestation
130
Romantic thought and the origins of cell theory
161
Alexander von Humboldt and the geography of vegetation
169
Humphry Davy and Romanticism
213
Oersteds discovery of electromagnetism
228
Caves fossils and the history of the earth
241
Goethes use of chemical theory in his Elective Affinities
263
abnormal psychology and psychiatry in
280
Coleridge and the sciences
295
the language of science in the American
307
Georg Biichner and Naturphilosophie
322

Goethe colour and the science of seeing
189
Romantic physics in Germany
199

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