Emerson and Science

Goethe, Monism and the Search for Unity

Peter A. Obuchowski

Out of print

Quick Look

Comprehensive survey of Emerson's lifelong interest in science, particularly Goethean science.

234 x 156 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Philosophy of the Natural World
144 pages
Publication date:
26 Jan 2006


Emerson’s lifelong interest in science is well documented in his journals, lectures, essays, letters and poems. He was especially interested in Goethean science, which both heavily influenced his monisticism and in turn kept him at arms length from Swedenborg’s mysticism and pseudo-sciences of his day such as phrenology, palmistry and astrology.

Emerson maintained a spiritually-oriented worldview whilst still believing in the progress of science. Obuchowski shows how the Goethean context helps to explain what he calls Emerson’s 'scientific mysticism' or 'spiritual science'.


'A welcome and timely addition to the debate concerning Emerson and the contemporary relevance of his ideas. Dr Obuchowski's book, written in clear and accessible language, is a tonic for those interested in the gradual rise to the surface of Goethean science.'
-- William Bishop, New View, Summer 2006

'A fascinating book for those interested in the evolution of Goethean science. An original contribution to Emerson scholarship.'
-- David Lorimer, Scientific & Medical Network Review, Spring 2006


Peter A. Obuchowski is Professor Emeritus at Central Michigan University, where he taught for thirty years in the Department of English Language and Literature.

Just feel like browsing?

Browse our catalogues

Interested in an author?

Discover authors