From Symptom to Reality in Modern History: Nine Lectures Given in Dornach from 18th October to 3rd November 1918

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 1976 - Anthroposophy - 245 pages
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In these lectures, Steiner surveys some of the great developments in European consciousness and attitudes since the 15th century that have gradually formed the Europe of today. He examines the rise of nationalism, and shows how different religious outlooks have played a profound role in shaping the course of events.

He also speaks of his personal confrontations with the attitudes and movements of his time. These lectures give a basis for a deeper understanding of the present world situation and provide a challenge for those concerned with the future of humanity.

 

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Contents

Synopsis
9
i8th October 1918
17
i9th October 1918
44
2Oth October 1918
71
25th October 1918
92
26th October 1918
113
2yth October 1918
132
ist November 1918
157
2nd November 1918
184
3rd November 1918
203
Notes
237
List of relevant literature
245
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About the author (1976)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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