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Die Emergenz von Wissen und das Plagiat in Goethes wissenschaftstheoretischen Schriften 

Reulecke, Anne-Kathrin

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 4 (2013), Iss. 1: S. 43–58

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Reulecke, Anne-Kathrin

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's texts on the philosophy of science (The Experiment as Mediator Between Object and Subject, 1793) and (Meteors of the Literary Sky, 1820) both discuss the fundamental epistemological question how knowledge emerges: They ask how scientists can gain universally valid knowledge by observing natural phenomena and to what extent the individual researcher is affected by the scientific community. In this paper, Goethe's writings are presented as alternatives to the contemporary discussions on scientific plagiarism. Goethe shows that the linking of knowledge to an individual subject is less an effect of scientific practice than the result of a specific practice of attribution. Plagiarism thus appears as a logical consequence of the principle of priority in modern scientific culture.