Das Verhältnis Goethes zur Idee der Metamorphose des Granits
The present treatise originated from the writing of a handbook for the petrology block in the 6th grade at Waldorf schools (Schmutz 2019). The image that stones have life in them, similar to what plants reveal, is still very much alive in teacher circles. This is attributed to a text by Goethe with the title “The Metamorphosis of Granite”. In order to characterize the independence of the three kingdoms of nature – animal, plant and mineral – the history of the creation of the above-mentioned Goethe text was examined more closely, according to recent archive research at the Weimar Goethe Archive. Goethe’s geological statements were also placed in the context of more recent geological research.