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Riddles of the Soul - book by Rudolf SteinerRiddles of the Soul
by Rudolf Steiner

Riddles of the Soul is the first complete English edition of one of the major books by Rudolf Steiner: Von Seelenrätseln. Dr. Steiner said of the first essay that it is written not with a pen, but with "soul spades that want to rip away the planks that board up the world, i.e., that want to clear away the limits to knowledge set by natural science, but want to do so with inner work of the soul."

In the second essay he does battle with Max Dessoir, a typical foe of the spirit. Dessoir's response to Steiner's essay is printed as an appendix.

In this book Steiner describes for the first time how the three soul forces (thinking, feeling and willing) relate to the three systems of the body (nerve-sense, rhythmic and metabolic- limb).

Riddles of the Soul is a unique and rigorous examination of the inner and outer frontiers of human experience and how bridges between them can be built through sufficient inner endeavour.


I. Where Natural Science and Spiritual Science Meet
II. Max Dessoir on Anthroposophy
III. Franz Brentano, in Memoriam
IV. Sketches of Some of the Ramifications of the Content of This Book:

1. The Philosophical Validation of Anthroposophy
2. The Appearance of Limits to Knowledge
3. The Abstractness of Our Concepts
4. An Important Characteristic of Spiritual Perception
5. The Real Basis of an Intentional Relation
6. The Physical and Spiritual Dependencies of Man's Being
7. Brentano's Separation of the Soul Element from What Is External to the Soul
8. An Objection Often Raised Against Anthroposophy
9. Closing Remark

Appendix: Dessoir's Response to Steiner's Essay on Him

Mercury Press
translated by William Lindeman, GA 21
166pp; paperback
ISBN: 0-929979-54-0

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