Monday, February 18, 2019
Goethes Magical Philosophy and Possession of Nature Essay -- Goethe
Goethes Magical Philosophy and Possession of Nature After earshot comments from the class, and especially Professor, about(predicate) Goethes appropriation of genius I began to wonder about the argument I had presented in our presentation. I decided to do come on research and found some interesting arguments that both supported and detracted from my trustworthy statement. Although I think Goethes relationship to record is undeniable, perhaps his appropriation of nature is less clear. I think the term appropriation is the cause of the fuss in identifying his true relationship to nature. In our presentation we presented examples of the appropriation of nature through Romantic literature. The most direct example of this was in Annes luxuriant description of position landscape gardening where nature was physically appropriated to relieve oneself the picturesque. Here we can see the distinction between any ideal of Goethes appropriation of nature and the real and physical appro priation by English landscapers. The term appropriation de nones and connotes monomania on the part of the appropriator. The question of possession therefore becomes central to an idea of Goethes appropriation of nature. Indeed, the landowners of England commissioned landscape architects to veer their grounds into models of the picturesque and this process was demonstrative of an actual possession oer the land. However, I find it difficult to reduce Goethe to materialism and believe that he would take a more engaged and emotional approach to nature. It is apparent that Goethe never actually appropriated any of nature, especially when compared with the English landscapers, but Im not sure if this satisfies an understanding of his relationship to nature... ...n cooperation. It is also interesting how this problem expands into Goethes Faust and Italian Journey and seems to be the basis of a greater theme in his literature. The question of Goethes appropriation of nature could be wh ether he subscribes to a robotic or magical philosophy in MacLennans terms. Either master to nature or companion, Goethes relationship with nature is dynamic and complex. Works Cited Brown, Jane K. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. http//worldroots.com/brigitte/goethe1.htm 19 Feb. 2005. Goethe, Johann. Italian Journey. London Penguin Classics, 1962. MacLennan, Bruce. Introduction to Goethe, Faust, and Science seminar. http//www.cs.utk.edu/mclennan/Classes/UH348/Intro-IIC5.html 19 Feb. 2005. Seamon, David. Goethe, Nature, and Phenomenology. http//www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/book%20chapters/goethe_intro.htm 18 Feb. 2005.