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Social Issues - Rudolf Steiner lectures on his ideas for a three-fold social orderSocial Issues
Meditative Thinking and the Threefold Social Order
11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In the lecture series, Social Issues, Rudolf Steiner shows that the political, economic, and social problems of our time are symptoms of our faulty thinking. His convincing analysis of economic crises, unemployment, and political uprisings unmasks them as signs of the desperate need for new thinking. In a very accessible way, Steiner shows how anthroposophy and the thinking it fosters can lead to a renewal of society and to true freedom for the individual.

In view of the current state of economic confusion and international political strife, Steiner’s insights come as a challenge to re-examine the very basis of our social and economic thinking, and to bring our social institutions into a much closer relationship to what is intrinsic and essential in human nature. In passionate, yet lucid language, Steiner presents his vision of the threefold social order, an order based on free will and spiritual insight.

Trans: J. Reuter, rev. S. H. Seiler (11 lectures, various cities, 5 Jan - 6 May 1920, GA334); 200pp
Anthroposophic Press
ISBN: 0 88010 358 2; paperback

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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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