Goethe, Science, and Sensory Experience. (Hensel)
… more is required for the perception of the essential features of the qualitative realm than just the physical sense organs. A more subtle perceptual capacity includes the emotional, aesthetic, and spiritual aspects of sensory qualities.
The endpoint of the discursive-conceptual analysis can become the starting point of the suprarational realm of qualities by means of an imaginative experience.
“Whatever great, beautiful, or significant experiences have come our way must not be recalled again form without and recaptured, as it were; they must rather become part of the tissue of our inner life from the outset, creating a new and better self within us, continuing forever as active agents in out Bildung. (formative development)” – Goethe.