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Goethe's Naturalistic Anthropology: Man and Other Plants

Matthew Bell


For many readers in the English-speaking world, Goethe has somehow remained separate from the European intellectual and literary tradition. This study aims to correct this view by showing how Goethe portrayed human beings as part of a natural continuum, very much in the spirit of the Enlightenment. The author's fresh readings of Goethe's major and lesser-known texts are set against the background of the science and philosophy of the age, and the writer's debts to other thinkers are analysed. Placing Goethe in an anthropological context, this book demonstrates that 18th-century anthropological ... More

Keywords: English-speaking world, Goethe, European intellectual tradition, European literary tradition, natural continuum, Enlightenment, science, philosophy, anthropological context, Werther

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158943
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Bell, author
King's College, London