In the Germany of the l920s, the Weimar Republic, both organismic biology and Gestalt psychology were part of a larger intellectual trend that saw itself as a protest movement against the increasing fragmentation and alienation of human nature. The entire Weimar culture was characterized by an antimechanistic outlook, a "hunger for wholeness". Organismic biology, Gestalt psychology, ecology, and, later on, general systems theory all grew out of this holistic zeitgeist.
The Weimar system appeared to me like a father who locks his little boys in a room and stirs them up against one another and says: 'Beat each other up as much as you want.'robert ley
Goethe in Weimar sleeps, and Greece, Long since, saw Byron ’s struggle cease.Matthew Arnold
I may be a minority of one in advocating that one should NOT separate science and politics partly because I am old enough to remember the Weimar Republic before 1934...