Dialogues on the beauty of nature and Moral reflections on certain topics of natural history /
Johann Georg Sulzer ; translated by Eric Miller.
Lanham : University Press of America, c2005.
xxiv, 123 p. ; 22 cm.
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Lanham : University Press of America, c2005.
general note
Translation of the 1770 printing.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxiii]-xxiv).
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Swiss critic Johann Georg Sulzer's Dialogues on the Beauty of Nature (1750) and Reflections on Certain Topics of Natural History (1745) are exemplary specimens of eighteenth-century European theology, philosophy, natural history, and aesthetics. Sulzer's contemporaries-notably Goethe-read him with attention. Eric Miller's elegant translation comes with a vivid, informative, and strongly contextualizing introduction. Sulzer's early works are a curio cabinet of the philosophical and theological arguments that exercised and enticed the intelligentsia of his period. These topics and arguments have by no means forfeited pertinence today.
Table of Contents
First dialoguep. 5
The first dialogue details the sensory beauties of nature
They comprise:
A morning view
Natural pleasure
Change in natural beauty
Gentle effects of nature
Order and harmony of nature
Beauty of the vegetable kingdom
Beauty of the animal kingdom
Unity in variety
Infinite change in proportion
Harmonious chain of creatures
Beauty of a cabinet of naturalia
Second dialoguep. 21
Origin of the arts in nature
Comparison of nature and art
Agreeable engagement of the spirit
Nature's consummate art manifest in the eye
Wisdom in the works of nature
Wisdom in individual kinds
Exceptional example of the above in waterfowl
In beasts that hibernate
Wisdom considered as a whole
Feelings in the contemplation of this wisdom
Third dialoguep. 37
An evening prospect
Evening thoughts
Champions of arbitrary chance
True order and constant equilibrium in nature
How much is owing to accident
Purpose in nature
Doubts raised against the above
Proof of purpose drawn from individual cases
Fourth dialoguep. 51
Kinds of beauty in nature
Rarities in nature
In the kingdom of minerals
In the vegetable kingdom
Wonder in the generation of plants
In the animal kingdom
Metamorphoses of insects
Genius of animals
Economy and genius of bees
Architecture of the beaver
Fifth dialoguep. 63
God in the beauty of nature
Highest object of thought
Nature is the school of the spirit
And of the heart
Highest degree of natural beauty
First reflection, concerning the array of created thingsp. 73
Second reflection, concerning the order of naturep. 81
Third reflection, concerning the order of naturep. 89
Fourth reflection, concerning the immensity of the universep. 97
Fifth reflection, relating to the acknowledgement of several apparent disorders obtaining on earthp. 105
Sixth reflection, concerning the secrets of naturep. 115
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