Wilhelm Ritter

Only art is capable of breaking the spell of individuation "as a premonition of a restored unity" p. 98. Monk by the sea (1808), Caspar Friedrich The art, therefore, does not seek the pursuit of truth but is itself just search and search, as already warned Lessing (in the words of Nietzsche). He is also optimistic in this search and subjective where art finds its most intimate connection with science. Not only surpassed the maximum Socratic "everything must be intelligible to be beautiful" but with art instinct calls into question the boundaries of science: its inability to understand the world we live in, lending itself well to science to open new avenues for thought. The reality is assumed not only from the Aristotelian catharsis (through a painful recognition) but above all from the assumption of an enigma enigma, as a metaphor insoluble. Decades earlier, a contemporary and friend of Novalis, Wilhelm Ritter, had tried to go the opposite way to that suggested by Nietzsche: Ritter, besides being the discoverer of ultraviolet and battery electrolyte precursor, predicted a science in which the forces Hidden end up being revealed by basic physical principles. The assertion that any future natural forces will become dominated by humans is a constant implicit in the romantic imagination, a constant that influence the creation of new myths such as Shelley's Frankenstein, and that can cause a paradox: No dreams are subverting reality, the metaphor for, but is the reality from a scientific point of view that triggers the propagation of intermediate worlds (beyond the human). .