Inspirational moment: Phenomenological Chemistry

Yes, I am aware of the fact that I’ve been conspicuously absent of late. And all of my best excuses – I was on a study trip, I’ve started a new internship… are blatantly inadequate given that they would make perfect blog entry subjects.  The plan is to get around to it, just as soon as I’m feeling inspired.Well I think I may have just fallen into a delicious pool of sparkly, inspiration-laden goodness.  My boss (a consultant in organic and biodynamic viticulture and enology at the Coordination Agrobiologique des Pays de la Loire) handed me a book the other day to check out – Fundamentals for a Phenomenological Study of Chemistry by Waldorf School teacher Fritz Julius. Here’s the first paragraph of the introduction (translated by me from French, as I’m reading the French version) :

The current form of chemistry is not the only one conceivable.  On the contrary, other forms have existed that also led to discoveries and important concepts, and, no doubt, all new forms that followed.  We can even say that the manner in which chemistry is practiced today, as grandiose as its results can be, is still exclusive and limiting.

When we have understood this, we can look for a new route that leads to other considerations and conceptions of the world of substances, and that simultaneously demand that we structure our courses differently.

I have not yet read farther but thought already that the ties between his thoughts here and those running through my head lately merited positing it immediately.  Further reflections (and hopefully some photos of Italy, Hungary, and Switzerland !) to follow shortly.

4 thoughts on “Inspirational moment: Phenomenological Chemistry

  1. Wow. It sounds like Julius is preparing to attack the atomic theory, the very foundation of modern chemistry and biology! I wouldn’t expect to agree with what follows, but I wouldn’t be able to put down such a book without reading further. If the pitch is equal to his wind-up, Julius has written a book I want to read. I note that it’s available in English. Do let us know what you find as you continue your reading. Thanks for sharing with us, Alissa.

  2. Rudolf Steiner (who edited Goethe’s scientific writings) described Goethe’s scientific perspective as phenomenological– i.e., experientially mediated. This seems also to have provided the clairvoyant Steiner with a framework for articulating his own “science of the unseen.”

    Thanks for this very promising blog!

  3. Pingback: WAC 2014 Recap Series: Holistic science? The study of Biodynamics | Noble Route

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