The Veil of Isis. An Essay on the History of the Idea of Nature.
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.)/London, 2006. XIV,399p. Paperback.Taking the allegorical figure of the veiled goddess Isis as a guide, and drawing on the work of both the ancients and later thinkers such as Goethe, Rilke, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger, Hadot traces successive interpretations of Heraclitus' words 'Nature loves to hide'. He proposes the Romantic vision of Rousseau, Goethe, and Schelling, who saw in the veiled Isis an allegorical expression of the sublime. "Nature is art and art is nature," Hadot writes, inviting us to embrace Isis and all she represents: art makes us intensely aware of how completely we ourselves are not merely surrounded by nature, but also part of nature.