Anthroposophy has Something to Add to Modern Sciences - Rudolf Steiner


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Anthroposophy has Something to Add to Modern Sciences - Rudolf SteinerAnthroposophy has Something to Add
to Modern Sciences

Eight public lectures by Rudolf Steiner

These lectures were given to audiences who were new to Anthroposophy and offer a conceptual bridge between the outlook, findings and suppositions of conventional natural science and the findings of anthroposophical spiritual science.

Steiner emphasises that spiritual science is not a refutation of natural science but an augmentation of it, and one that natural science, following the integrity inherent in its own principles, would necessarily develop into.

He describes how scientific observation as it stands takes its lead from what the physical senses alone―or extensions of them through instrumentation―can access. The universal assumption that only bodily-based sensory information is valid as the starting point for scientific examination is what has given rise to a science that has cemented itself into materialism. The idea that the human being is capable of other, equally "objective" forms of observation, which derive from an ability to perceive independent of the body is certainly not something most serious-minded scientists would consider to be anything more than fantasy. Steiner states, however, that without this necessary expansion of our mode of observation, we cannot discover the basis for natural phenomena as our physical senses convey only certain effects which are peculiarly related to our physical-sensory make-up. To understand phenomena that we experience in the world around us, we must get "behind" the senses themselves. This provides a view that is far more comprehensive than simply delineating quantitative relationships between objects, energy, time and space; it conveys the living, qualitative dynamics of soul and spirit which give rise to the purely quantitative phenomena around us, including those examined from the perspectives of psychology, sociology, history, and other disciplines.

In particular, Steiner examines this approach in relation to the study of psychology, history, natural science and sociology. He also responds to questions from the audience on various themes to illustrate the application of these principles.

Completion Press
8 lectures, Zurich, 5-14 Nov 1917 & 8-17 Oct 1918; GA 73
320pp; paperback
ISBN: 0-9578189-4-7


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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking.

From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.


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