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Comments On Faust Part V

Comments On Faust Part V

This article continues with the discussion of Faust’s search for a new kind of perception, and the role of Nature in the story. Faust experiences a camaraderie with the moon that opens up new vistas of understanding:   Ah, could I on mountain height,  Roam in thy softly tender light,  O’er the fields at twilight trail,  Drifting with spirits of hill and dale;  Then freed from knowledge and its pain,  Bathed in thy dew, my health regain. There is an…

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Comments On Faust Part IV

Comments On Faust Part IV

In a previous article, I described Goethe as a Renaissance man. I said he was both a proponent of individualism and a student of esotericism. I compared him to Pico della Mirandola and Leonardo da Vinci. One thing I failed to mention is that Goethe was also a skilled scientist, as was da Vinci and other Renaissance intellectuals. The interesting thing about it, however, is that Goethe’s scientific methodology was quite different than what we call the “scientific method” today….

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