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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...I am well satisfied to persist in my view of the world under this authority, in accordance with my earliest convictions, which have never seemed to me doubtful. So it appears that in 1814 Goethe regarded the law of polarity as the all-explaining principle, the backbone of his philosophy. He implies that his own discovery or acceptance of the law preceded his acquaintance with Kant, but he was glad to have Kant's great authority for the doctrine. The phrase 'earliest convictions' must not be taken too literally. There is nothing about polarity in Goethe's early writings; the word does not come into his vocabulary until about 1792. Probably he used the word 'earliest, ' not with reference to his life or his literary career as a whole, but with reference to the period when he first took up the study of natural science and began to have 'convictions' about it. This was in the early 'eighties. In this connection, as bearing on the influence of Kant and the date when the law of polarity first took shape in Goethe's mind, another passage, this time from the 'Campaign in France, ' is of some interest. This book was got ready for publication in 18201822, but on the basis of notes taken in 1792. The passage is as follows: One can not imagine a more isolated man than I was at that time and long continued to be. The hylozoism, or whatever one chooses to call it, which I held to and whose depths I left undisturbed, made me unreceptive, nay intolerant, of that way of thinking which sets up as its confession of faith a dead matter moved or agitated in some way from without. I had not failed to note in Kant's natural science that attraction and repulsion pertained to the essence of matter, and that neither could be separated from the other in any concept of...show more

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