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date: 02 June 2020

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Few intellectual figures of the modern era were as warmly and consistently praised by Schopenhauer as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, with whom Schopenhauer had an acquaintance and in whom he had an early admirer. The binding tie between them is the theory of color, which meant different things to each man and yet united them in their opposition to Newton and certain features of modernist science. Beyond the theory of color, this chapter explores Schopenhauer’s lifelong fascination with Goethe the thinker and Goethe the man, revealing affinities as well as profound differences.

Keywords: Schopenhauer, Newton, Goethe, color theory, Faust

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