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Thedifficult recoveryof Goethe's Anschaulichkeitinthe work ofHelmholtz - In the 1830s, Goethe's theory of light and colours represented a meeting point for the movement of ideas in the German romantic philosophy known as Naturphilosophie, fiercely opposed to Newtonian and mathematical science. In the middle of the nineteenth century, the great scientist Hermann von Helmholtz, as an official representative of German science, took a position on Goethe's ideas. Hemholtz initially reacted to Goethe's viewpoints, and especially to his optical theory, but his attitude changed in the conclusive years of his life, and he expressed a partial adhesion to the Goethian view of the relationship between the perceptual and the conceptual levels of scientific knowledge. The author argues that Helmholtz's adhesion was supported by his acceptance of Kirchhof's descriptive and phenomenological approach to mechanics.


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