The Riddle of Humanity: The Spiritual Background of Human History : Fifteen Lectures Given in Dornach to Members of the Anthroposophical Society, 29 July to 3 September 1916

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 1990 - Anthroposophy - 218 pages
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Steiner adds new insights to such topics as the evolution and development of our physical body, our senses, and our relationship to the cosmos. Steiner's view of the human being and the significance of aesthetic creativity and enjoyment clearly reveals the bankruptcy of conventional materialism.

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LECTURE ONE 29 July 1916
LECTURE TWO 30 July 1916
LECTURE FOUR 5 August 1916

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About the author (1990)

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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