Reviews: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (Elizabeth Millàn-Zaibert); Germanic Review 91: 4 (2016), 440-43 (Gabriel Trop); Goethe Yearbook 24 (17),324-326 (Alice Kuzniar); Modern Language Notes 132: 3, 790-93 (Jocelyn Holland); The British Society for Literature and Science (Treena Balds); Postmodern Culture (Robert Dorin Smith); Osservatorio critico della germanistica (Francesco Rossi); Universa. Recensioni di Filosofia 7: 1, 128-132 (Caroline Angleraux); Monatshefte 110 (2), 2018 (Christine Lehleiter)
“In Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ, Leif Weatherby gives us a fundamentally new view on Romanticism and its contribution to German Idealism. In Hölderlin, Schelling, and Novalis, Weatherby unearths a surprisingly coherent discussion of the ‘organ.’ We see the Romantic philosophers and poets intervene in the age old Western debate on techne, physis and metaphysics, with the emphasis, however, on techne’s interventions in it. A discourse emerges which neither subordinates techne to nature in the Aristotelian tradition nor hypostatizes technology in a Heideggerian reversal of the order of things. Rather, Romantic ‘organology’ is shown to introduce historicity and contingency into the heart of metaphysics. This is a discovery in the history of ideas, and it opens new ways of thinking technology today.”
-Rüdiger Campe, Yale University
“Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ is a truly impressive work of scholarship. The author has a breathtaking command of the German philosophical tradition, including major figures, such as Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Schelling, as well as those who are less well-known outside the field of German studies. He has taken a single, somewhat innocuous concept—the ‘organ’—and revealed it to be at the crux of a rapidly changing philosophical landscape whose terrain encompasses metaphysics, subject philosophy, the history of science, literature, and aesthetics. Accordingly, it should be of interest to anyone working in these fields.”
Jocelyn Holland, California Institute of Technology
Weatherby’s sustained attention to the “neglected doctrine” of organology is a most impressive contribution to the history of ideas, and it is a book that will certainly generate more interest in the topic of life and nature in German Romanticism. This is an ambitious, disciplined study that reveals new aspects of Romanticism: it is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in German Romanticism.
-Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ is a deeply impressive work of scholarship. It will serve some readers as a renewed introduction to and impetus to engage with Romantic metaphysics, while others might find in it a means of returning to the metaphorics of technology and its conceptual history… this book will act as a foundation, if not a theoretical position, for future analyses of the “organ” and the possibilities of conceptuality.