Philosophy, Cosmology, and Religion: Ten Lectures Given at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, Sept. 6-15, 1922

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SteinerBooks, 1984 - Philosophy - 174 pages
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Contents

Lecture II September 7 1922
19
Lecture III September 8 1922
37
Lecture IV September 9 1922
53
Lecture V September 10 1922
71
Lecture VI September 11 1922
85
Lecture VII September 12 1922
99
Ordinary and Higher Consciousness
117
Lecture IX September 14 1922
135
Lecture X September 15 1922
153
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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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