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The Challenge of the Times

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The Challenge of the Times

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In these lectures, given just days after the ending of World War I, Steiner describes the new developments in mechanics, politics, and economy as well as new capacities and methods in the West and the East. He reveals their fruitful potentialities but also the dangers of their abuse. He also discusses social and antisocial instincts, specters of the Old Testament in the nationalism of the present, and the innate capacities of various nations.

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker
Bn/GA 186

In these lectures, given just days after the ending of World War I, Steiner describes the new developments in mechanics, politics, and economy as well as new capacities and methods in the West and the East. He reveals their fruitful potentialities but also the dangers of their abuse. He also discusses social and antisocial instincts, specters of the Old Testament in the nationalism of the present, and the innate capacities of various nations.

These lectures, originally published in English with the title, In the Changed Conditions of the Times (from the lecture series entitled, Fundamental Social Requirements of Our Time), were given in Dornach, Switzerland, November–December, 1918. They were translated from the German by Olin D. Wannamaker and are included in Die soziale Grundforderung unserer Zeit (Vol. 186 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961). They are presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung. Dornach, Switzerland.

Copyright © 1941
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CONTENTS

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Contents
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Lecture I: East and West from a Spiritual Point of View November 29, 1918
Lecture II: The Present from the Viewpoint of the Present November 30, 1918
Lecture III: The Mechanistic, Eugenic and Hygienic Aspects of the Future December 01, 1918
Lecture IV: Social and Antisocial Instincts December 06, 1918
Lecture V: Specters of the Old Testament in the Nationalism of the Present December 07, 1918
Lecture VI: The Innate Capacities of the Nations of the World December 08, 1918




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