Meeting Nature-as-Presence Aldo Leopold and the Deeper Nature of Nature

Elemente der Naturwissenschaft 104, 2016, P. 13-20 | DOI: 10.18756/edn.104.13


Nature can be encountered as a forceful presence, as being-at-work within sense experience. This kind of encounter is not a given, but is both a foundation and a goal of Goethean science. I will describe 20th Century scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold’s journey to discover, articulate and become an advocate for the deeper nature of nature. This will help us to see some of the conditions that are necessary to develop a connection with beingness in nature. Key is the movement from “thinking about” to active thinking-perceiving, a movement that allows us to participate in other beings and other beings to find expression through us.

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