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Goethe 1995: 124). Goethe—probably for the first time—clearly articulates the Cladistic Parameter required to understand relationships (Nelson & Platnick 1981). 6 In a letter to Herder written in Naples on May 17, 1787, Goethe writes, “The primordial plant [the archetype] is turning out to be the most marvellous creation in the world, and nature itself will envy me because of it. With this model and the key to it an infinite number of plants can be invented, they do not exist, they could exist, and are not mere artistic or poetic shadows and semblances, but have an inner truth and necessity.
Goethe could see the “Symbolic Plant”, simply by collecting all the parts that he has experienced by observation and categorically describing them as “relationships” rather than as “things”. That is, each part is related to the whole in some way. Seeing relationships does not suggest that Goethe could be described as a Lamarckian or Darwinian (or even some precursor evolutionist). Rather, it identifies the historical basis of comparative biology as observing and discovering relationships. Natural selection, for example, is a concept that acts as an explanatory rule or mechanism: a thought that Goethe never entertained.
Goethe evidently did not mean “metamorphosis” in the evolutionary sense of the transformation of parts of one organism into the parts of another. Jaeger (1814 in Arber 1946) clearly pointed this out: The term “transformation” is symbolic, a figure of speech. Transformations outside the phenomenon themselves are not observed, acting merely as explanatory mechanisms. In fact, Goethe never directly referred to a mechanism or “forming force”, or Bildungstrib (see Steigerwald 2002: 299) as was so common at the time.