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Materialism and the Task of Anthroposophy - Rudolf Steiner lecture seriesMaterialism and the Task of Anthroposophy
17 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In the lecture series, Materialism and the Task of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner explains in this history of the development of human consciousness that the world has already ended in the fourth century A.D. At that time it became impossible to find the spirit in nature. Since then we have been living in an increasingly spiritual world on a disintegrating, dying earth. However, people have been asleep to this spiritual reality around them. Steiner here points the way out of blind materialism to a new spiritual perception and cognition through which alone the Christ can now be found.

In these illuminating lectures Steiner also talks about the true nature of numbers, the Mystery of the Grail, and the development of materialism. We need to find our way out of materialism now that it has fulfilled its task of making us true citizens of the earth. Through spiritual science, anthroposophy, we must now become citizens of the spiritual world.

Trans: M. St. Goar (17 lectures, Dornach 2 April to 5 June 1921, GA204); 352pp
Anthroposophic Press/Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 0 88010 176 8; paperback


Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

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