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Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ

Leif Weatherby


Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ reconstructs Romantic Organology, a discourse that German Romantics developed by combining scientific and philosophical discourses about biological function and speculative thought. Organology attempted to think a politically and scientifically destabilized world and offered a metaphysics meant to alter the structure of that world. Friedrich Hölderlin, Friedrich Schelling, and Novalis shared the project of determining what sort of knowledge can count as metaphysical in a world filled with antinomies created by political and technological upheavals over the ... More

Keywords: Goethe, history of biology, Hölderlin, Idealism, metaphysics, Naturphilosophie, Novalis, organ, Romanticism, Schelling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269402
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leif Weatherby, author
New York University