Goethe and Delicate Empiricism



Delicate empiricism of Goethe is not an esoteric doctrine. It is an approach that challenges the settled habits of thought as it has degenerated in the aeons through which thinking has moved away from what truly needs to be thought. In turning away from its source, thinking has invented empiricism as the sole way of arriving at objective truth. While this method does establish certain external results that are useful, it tells us nothing about why these results are there. As thought advances on the basis of the ‘how’ and without the ‘why,’ it invents a dangerously lop-sided reality in which each action results in multiple unforeseen consequences—the result of philosophical blindness. Delicate empiricism as distinct from gross empiricism opens up thought to the experienceable in a different manner. A deep esthetic intuition is called for, the gradual development of which is the subject of the present chapter. The intuitive alignment of thinking-cognition with phenomena brings about participation (not mere knowledge), and a new organ of intuitive apprehension is born.


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  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

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