Adonis Press publishes and promotes books on Goethean phenomenological science: a science that moves from the investigation of discrete objects in space to conscious participation in transformational processes over time, to the apprehension of essential qualities. It also offers essays, poetry, and other literary works.
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**New Release **
translated by Laura Liska
** Available August 8th, 2022 **
Adonis Press 2022
hardcover; 9.5 x 7 inches; 127 pages with numerous color illustrations
The hectic pace of our lives is increasingly determined by the unconscious forces driving our thinking and by the relentless speed of the machines and automated intelligence that this thinking has produced. We are so caught up by the pressure this imposes upon us that we have largely lost any awareness of the regenerative, rhythmical activity that sustains us.
For the sake of our health, sanity, and ultimately of our own productivity, we can, as this deeply refreshing, delightful little book suggests, slow down and turn our full attention to the creative life of nature as it manifests in the growth and development of plants, in human development, and even in the unfolding of our human endeavors.
Drawing on his life-long experience in regenerative agriculture, education, and planning, the author guides us in detailed observations that can awaken a deep sense of wonder at the creative lawfulness underlying all development. Van Mansvelt shows us how exact observation of plants can lead to a more inward contemplation of the formative gestures that manifest in their growth and metamorphosis – gestures that can also be discerned in the phases of human development and in the step-wise realization of our plans and projects. Through this enlivened contemplative activity, our thinking is transformed and gradually becomes not only attuned to, but capable of consciously participating in, and working with, the creative forces that give rise to developmental processes.
When we focus our attention on the rhythms of life we can gain a new awareness of our deep, intrinsic kinship with nature, an enthusiasm for the further development of our capacities, and a sense of responsibility for what we contribute out of these abilities to the future development of society and nature.
In this collection of brilliant essays, Frederick Amrine brings us up to date on the current reception of Goethe’s scientific work and how it relates to such contemporary thinkers as Thomas Nagel, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Thomas Kuhn, and many others. In this context he explores Goethe’s organic thinking in relation to the new paradigm of emergence.
What is qualitative science?
By John Barnes
We live in a science-based culture dominated by measurements, graphs, statistics and calculations. The more we think in terms of quantity, however, the more we value the richness of qualitative experience which we seek for in nature, the arts, in religious experience and in human relationships as an inwardly fulfilling, yet elusive antidote to our obsession with numerical accuracy. In the end, most of us would choose quality over quantity. But “subjective” qualitative experience is discounted in our “objective” science-based culture. Indeed it is thought of as the antithesis of scientific objectivity. Is there—can there even be—such a thing as qualitative science?
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