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Workshop and Conference: Goethe and Philosophy


17.12. - 21.12.2017, Tel-Aviv University

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Welcome to the workshop and conference on Goethe and Philosophy organized by Johannes Haag, James Conant and Eli Friedlander. In this week long event, we will explore the philosophical sources of Goethe’s thought on nature and art and its influence on philosophy, science and literature in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The first two days, 17th and 18th of December, will be conducted in a workshop format. We will read from Goethe’s scientific writings and discuss his concept of scientific method, as well as central notions that serve him to articulate his understanding of nature (such as 'Intuitive Understanding', 'Primal Phenomenon', 'Metamorphosis', 'Polarity' and others). The next three days of the conference, from the 19th to the 21st of December, will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of pre circulated papers by some of the participants. The contributions explore the relation between Goethe’s thought and that of his contemporaries, Kant, Schiller and Hegel, as well as ways in which he is present in the works of twentieth century figures such as Lukacs, Benjamin, Lipp, Portmann, Cassirer, Wittgenstein, Hadot and Blumenberg.



The workshop and conference were made possible by the generous funding of

Minerva Stiftung (The Minerva Gentner Symposia)
The Shaoul Fund  of the Sackler Institute for Advanced Study, Tel Aviv University
Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
The German Israel Fund (GIF)
Tel Aviv University
The School of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University 
The University of Potsdam (Cooperation grant with Tel Aviv University)