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Text And Translation: Fragments, Second Booklet

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This section of this book Key Texts of Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776-1810) on the Science and Art of Nature contains a text of Fragments from the Estate of a Young Physicist. The close reciprocity of life and text, the deliberate integration of the text into the self-biography of the physicist, extends to include two significant male friendships with Hardenberg and Herder which, according to the narrator, had the most profound effect on the development of the young physicist. It is noteworthy that the biography of the physicist portrays him as an enthusiastic reader of Goethe, Cervantes, and Shakespeare who was also be friended with the greatest literary minds of his day, but does not offer a parallel Bildungsroman to underscore his scientific education.

Keywords: Bildungsroman; Johann Wilhelm Ritter; scientific education



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