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The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's World Conception

Fundamental Outlines with Specific Reference to Schiller

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The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's World Conception

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This book first appeared in 1886. In it, Steiner approaches the epistemological question, "How Does One Know?" His point of departure is the more-or-less unexpressed epistemology of Goethe in his scientific writings and elsewhere. This is a good introduction to Goethe's methodology.

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker
GA 2

This book first appeared in 1886. In it, Steiner approaches the epistemological question, “How Does One Know?” His point of departure is the more-or-less unexpressed epistemology of Goethe in his scientific writings and elsewhere. This is a good introduction to Goethe's methodology.

This First English Edition was designed by Peter Döblin, and translated by Olin D. Wannamaker. It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. This is GA 2.

Copyright © 1940
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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Publisher's Notes  
Contents  
Translator's Preface  
Preface to the New Edition  
Foreword to the First Edition  
 

            A. PRELIMINARY QUESTIONS
 
Chapter I: The Point of Departure  
Chapter II: Goethe's Science Considered According to the Method of Schiller  
Chapter III: The Function of This Branch of Science  

            B. EXPERIENCE
 
Chapter IV: Definition of the Concept of Experience  
Chapter V: Examination of the Content of Experience  
Chapter VI: Correction of an Erroneous Conception of Experience As a Totality  
Chapter VII: Reference to the Experience of the Individual Reader  

            C. THOUGHT
 
Chapter VIII: Thinking as a Higher Experience within Experience  
Chapter IX: Thought and Consciousness  
Chapter X: The Inner Nature of Thought  

            D. KNOWLEDGE
 
Chapter XI: Thought and Perception  
Chapter XII: Intellect and Reason  
Chapter XIII: The Act of Cognition  
Chapter XIV: Cognition and the Ultimate Foundation of Things  

            E. THE SCIENCE OF NATURE
 
Chapter XV: Inorganic Nature  
Chapter XVI: Organic Nature  

            F. THE SPIRITUAL, OR CULTURAL, SCIENCES
 
Chapter XVII: Introduction: Spirit and Nature  
Chapter XVIII: Psychological Cognition  
Chapter XIX: Human Freedom  
Chapter XX: Optimism and Pessimism  

            G. CONCLUSION
 
Chapter XXI: Scientific Knowledge and Artistic Creation  
 
Notes to the First Edition  
Notes to the New Edition, 1924  
Exposition in Brief  




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