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  • Title: Book: Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the Science of the Spirit (1904)
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    • sort of gospel among wide circles of the educated. One may well say
    • because of the powerful impression made by the successes of science
    • Naturwissenschaft und Weltanschauung (Science and World
    • even if we possessed the most complete knowledge of the physiological
    • psychic events are connected, even if we could look into the
    • mechanism of the brain as we look into the works of a clock, we would
    • movement of atoms is ever capable of bridging the gulf between the
    • material world and the psyche. However fruitful the materialistic
    • point of view has been as a scientific working hypothesis, however
    • twentieth century, a scientist speaks about the conception which
    • were made the object of study. The remains of primitive cultures,
    • and the impressions of extinct plants were to bear witness to the
    • Those however who tried to maintain themselves on
    • interpretation of the world. They showed how as a scientist one could
    • higher world-conception This is an undertaking to which we would like
    • The facts now steadily increased which showed the
    • acquainted were not new. They were phenomena which had already been
    • and more apparent on how weak a basis the scientists had built, even
    • consequently of man were concerned. For a while, the ideas of
    • them one had followed mirages. A school was formed under the
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  • Title: Book: From the Akasha Chronicle
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    • der hoheren Welten? (How Does One Attain Knowledge of Higher
    • at a certain high level of his cognitive power, man can penetrate to
    • broadens his power of cognition in this way if he is no longer
    • Continent still existed between America and Europe. This part of our
    • island Poseidon, which lay westward of Europe and Africa. In The
    • here however, did not take place only on the continent now covered by
    • * These essays were published in book form, Berlin,
  • Title: Book: Our Atlantean Ancestors
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    • differed from what can be observed today. If we go back to the first
    • periods of Atlantean humanity we find a mental capacity quite
    • different from ours. Logical reason, the power of arithmetical
    • combining, on which everything rests that is produced today, were
    • calculate as we do, by learning certain rules which he then applied.
    • four is twelve. In the event that he had to perform such a
    • develops in an organism, an old faculty loses power and acuteness.
    • uniformity to all of life. For long periods things were done again
    • While the power to think logically was absent
    • power others are always connected. Memory is closer to the deeper
    • powers were developed which were still closer to those of subordinate
    • natural beings than are contemporary human powers. Thus the
    • into motive power for our means of locomotion, the Atlanteans knew
    • one can change the energy of a pile of grain into technical power,
    • such power. Plants were cultivated in the Atlantean period not merely
    • in them available to commerce and industry. Just as we have
    • life force was transformed into technically utilizable power. The
    • ground travelled at a height lower than that of the mountain ranges
    • Equally certain however is the fact, perhaps even
    • to direct it in such ingenious ways as once were possible. From this
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  • Title: Book: Transition of the Fourth into the Fifth Root Race
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    • IN THIS CHAPTER we shall learn about the
    • thoughts, but those which flowed into them from entities of a higher
    • they followed leaders whose abilities towered far above theirs. The
    • wisdom these leaders possessed and the powers at their command were
    • been attainable by human sense organs and by human reason. They were
    • instructed men who were sufficiently advanced in the art of
    • with the gods” and were initiated by the gods themselves into
    • of initiation were called temples of the mysteries. From them the
    • upon earth, not what was revealed from higher worlds for the welfare
    • earthly, and neither were the shapes in which these gods revealed
    • fiery clouds” in order to tell them how they were to lead men.
    • Only man can appear in human form; entities whose capacities tower
    • Because they themselves were the most perfect
    • could assume human form. But their spiritual-mental qualities were of
    • a superhuman kind. Thus they were divine-human hybrid beings. One can
    • Therefore their thoughts and also the laws which we have mentioned
    • among their governmental institutions, were guessed at rather than
    • development were far ahead of the great mass of the people, and who
    • have lost. 3. A small group of those who were developing the faculty
    • Atlanteans through this process, they were advancing to the stage
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  • Title: Book: The Lemurian Race
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    • in the descriptions given above. We are here concerned with the
    • to men. Here, however, something will first be said of the character
    • what they could utter were natural sounds which expressed their
    • directly from the objects which surrounded him. It flowed to him from
    • weight of a stone; he could see how much the tree trunk could bear,
    • where the stone in view of its weight and height would fit, where it
    • of a kind of instinct. Moreover, to a great extent, he had power over
    • misinterpreted — a born magician in all fields of lower human
    • was wholly directed toward this. The boys were hardened in the
    • who could not undergo dangers, were not regarded as useful members of
    • mankind. They were left to perish under these exertions. What the
    • fire, the piercing of the body with pointed objects, were quite
    • feeling of appreciation of the strength and power she saw before her.
    • girl, and these were highly valued. Because no memory existed, these
    • own fantasy and dreaming which were put into the female soul.
    • The Lemurians did not have dwellings in our sense,
    • opportunity to do so. The caves which they used were only altered and
    • One must not imagine, however, that they did not also execute more
    • artful constructions. But these did not serve as dwellings. In the
    • nature a man-made form. Hills were remodeled in such a way that the
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  • Title: Book: The Division into Sexes
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    • basic form in which human beings were neither the one nor the other,
    • but rather were both at once. He who wants to form an idea of these
    • enormously distant periods of the past must however liberate himself
    • The times into which we now look back lie somewhat
    • also were still soft and malleable. As opposed to its later hardened
    • condition, earth was still in a welling, more fluid one. As the human
    • the opposite force of another human being. The soul however must
    • retain a portion of its earlier energy within itself, in man as well
    • place in man when he becomes a creature endowed with spirit. The
    • however, does result from a male soul in woman, and correspondingly
    • enigmas of life. For the present we are not permitted to lift the
    • But there were other beings among these men. These
    • of course were also double-sexed. For at the stage of terrestrial
    • there were other beings which could acquire knowledge and wisdom in
    • spirit. Their knowledge and wisdom were supersensibly
    • were the bearers of a “primeval wisdom,” toward the
    • could not have had this longing. The impulses of the soul were
    • waited until wisdom shone into them, as we wait for the sunlight,
    • which we cannot produce at night, but which must come to us by itself
    • beings however, which have not carried out this separation of their
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  • Title: Book: The Last Periods before the Division into Sexes
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    • WE SHALL NOW DESCRIBE the state of man before his
    • soft malleable mass. The will had a much greater power over this mass
    • will power. In order to bring about such an external maturation the
    • into the world which he later cast off. Others, which were quite
    • on the earth of that time were different from those of later times.
    • By means of his powers man could confine fire, or respectively, heat,
    • time were the organs of motion. The sense organs of today were as yet
    • quite undeveloped. The most advanced among them were the organs of
    • were already developing in such a way that one individual would be
    • human being however also possessed the opposite sexual
    • With this we already indicate the soul life of man of that time.
    • life. Physical and soul activities and qualities were not yet
    • the soul. Each single disturbance in the environment acted powerfully
    • man. At that time the images were not completely irregular, but
    • consciousness. But these were not the only kind. Thus man wandered
    • mirrored in images which were very unlike what existed in the
    • external world. Joy and sorrow were associated with the images of the
    • On the other hand, strong feelings were aroused by
    • Everything in his environment as well as the images in his soul,
    • joy, or this pain were again released in his soul in a world of
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  • Title: Book: The Hyperborean and the Polarean Epoch
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    • chapters. In view of the materialistic ideas of our time, the risk we
    • of thinking. [Compare my Welt-und Lebensanschauungen im
    • For those however who incline toward these matters of the science of
    • his best efforts have enabled him to discover. He will welcome any
    • substances which later became solid were previously in a fluid, still
    • temperature caused the hardening of substances. Here we shall go back
    • earthly dwelling place. Man first entered upon the earth in this
    • The soul or astral ancestors of man were
    • limbs and other organs which were to be formed later were already
    • this mass were purely physical-chemical, but they were regulated and
    • Each new form was as much endowed with soul as the
    • of souls, of which fact we shall speak later. But within these kinds
    • the development proceeded in the manner which we have described. Each
    • as the souls were not connected with anything material, no external
    • astral (soul-like) forms, were felt as inner soul experiences.
    • which produced movements within the etheric body. As today we
    • At this time, however, it is no longer merely a
    • endowed with two organs. One is the physical body, the physical
    • manner. This activity no longer has any power over the physical part
    • different. As soon as the soul no longer has any power over the
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  • Title: Book: Beginning of the Present Earth  Extrusion of the Sun
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    • WE SHALL now follow the Akasha Chronicle back into
    • different forms. That which one now calls earth went through many
    • below. Now we shall only call attention to the manner in which the
    • There as well as here, a germinal stage has remained, from which the
    • At the period discussed here we are dealing with a
    • to the earth of today. These forces were acquired through earlier
    • conditions. This earth germ however must not be imagined as a
    • condition we are dealing with an ether earth which really consists
    • so-called material conditions. We now are dealing with three
    • higher capacity, however, only by separating from itself a part of
    • to a lower kind of labor. Had it retained within itself the forces
    • which accomplish this lower labor, it could not have risen higher
    • itself. here we are dealing with a process which consists in the
    • have shapes which, were they to be described here, would strike
    • physical likeness of man is endowed with the capacity to reproduce
    • first likenesses of man were eaters of animals and of men.
    • becomes denser and forms that which we shall here call the light
    • We are now dealing with a physical earth which is
    • the higher develops at the expense of the lower, which becomes
    • plantlike entities, which however are very different in form from the
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  • Title: Book: Extrusion of the Moon
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    • what man became later, however, one must imagine him at this stage as
    • One must not think however that the movements or
    • irregular fashion. On the contrary, they were completely regular.
    • They were directed by an understanding which was outside of them.
    • level of their existence which we have characterized, human beings
    • the fire mist. The other beings mentioned, however, could create
    • was to develop qualities in the fire mist which in a human sense were
    • however, were striving downward toward the material They were on the
    • way to bringing their creative powers to bear on increasingly dense
    • requires a higher power and capacity to direct denser forms of
    • of their development, these higher beings too had had a limited power
    • like that of man today. Like present-day man, they once had power
    • coarse, external matter did not obey them. Now they were striving
    • toward a condition in which they were to direct outer events
    • magically. Thus they were ahead of man in the period described. Man
    • themselves at an earlier period, and now received magic power in
    • were penetrating downward through the same stage, toward an
    • extension of their power.
    • forces of his lower passions or impulses, can be active in the fire
    • mist. Man, as well as the higher beings, makes use of these forces at
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  • Title: Book: Some Necessary Points of View
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    • WE SHALL NEXT consider the development of man and
    • prepared himself for earthly existence, as it were. One must
    • and Moon existence. Saturn Sun, and Moon are, as it were, the three
    • this we do not wish to say that the three conditions were not
    • “origin of evil” is resolved, as well as much else which
    • We by no means intend to imply that man can
    • However, he who promulgates such knowledge needs modesty and true
    • nature were suddenly to change. Now the scientist of the spirit
    • exactness which are requisite in the spiritual field. However, the
    • However, one must be clear about one
    • essential difference between the prediction of events through
    • entirely to the lower nature of man, and truly higher cognition
    • lower; it is higher or lower only in relation to something else. What
    • However, what must be understood through
    • “ingenious” reflecting, just as he perceives the flowers
    • reflect about the appearance of a meadow; all intellect is powerless
    • or were conscious. An artist, for example, knows why a
    • higher and lower forms. But here too one must not
    • “lower.” They have a significance only in relation to the
    • before were on the right, are now on the left. The same is true of
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  • Title: Book: On the Origin of the Earth
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    • stags of this development of mankind which were passed through before
    • the scene of that development. Therefore at present we are concerned
    • with the fourth stage in the great universal life of man. For now we
    • condition does not go over immediately into the Sun stage. Between
    • Saturn development and Sun development, and similarly between the
    • intermediate conditions which can be compared with the night between
    • forth, are “open cycles,” and the periods of rest between
    • discussion. Only later can we speak about the enormous periods of
    • the unfolding of lower conditions of consciousness.
    • The lowest condition of consciousness was passed
    • The Saturn consciousness has the lowest degree of
    • much higher one, which however in certain respects is similar to the
    • “medium” who falls into a deep trance, however, is
    • clarity, we shall first follow here the principal stages of
    • development. For the moment we shall speak only of man, although the
    • condition of Saturn before ascending to a higher one. However, it is
    • These transformations of forms will be discussed later when we deal
    • with the smaller cycles. At that time the differences between the
    • we shall describe only the development of consciousness.
    • consciousness similar to that which he once had on the Sun. However,
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  • Title: Book: The Earth and Its Future
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    • flowed and ebbed in the soul. Only with the appearance of the fourth
    • consciousness. The latter consists solely of the images we have
    • recognizes himself as an “I.” The first three stages we
    • have described were stages of consciousness; the fourth is not only
    • perceive other forms. However, already today the clairvoyant sees the
    • before him, then this conception is, as it were, only a shadow image
    • soul of man through his own power, whereas during the Moon existence
    • present physical sense organs; however, these are objects and beings
    • latter, however, will attain full life in man only on the next planet
    • different forces and powers; he himself will receive what to him will
    • However, when his soul is so far advanced that it does not receive
    • Sun, becomes still less on the Moon and reaches its slowest phase on
    • the earth. On the latter it becomes slower and slower, to the point
  • Title: Book: The Life of Saturn
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    • life between birth and death, through infancy, childhood, and so on,
    • spirits, of which a description, however, is quite impossible. In
    • all, one can speak of twelve stages of consciousness.
    • realms of man. Therefore, we cannot and need not speak of them
    • The other kinds of beings, however — seven
    • the human development. In this they act as creative powers,
    • However, the connection of these beings with the development of
    • This first smaller Saturn cycle is followed by six
    • Christian esoteric teaching names them “Powers”
    • One must realize, however, that these
    • body, which forms on the Sun, and through an astral body, which owes
    • cycles as well. This work always acts as an inoculation with
    • other hand, were still awakened to their human existence in this
    • the Moon. On earth they, as well as their predecessors, the Sons of
    • understanding, of which however, in his dull consciousness, he
    • the power of these Spirits of Will and retains this power through all
    • greatest activity is developed in the periods of rest between the
    • With this, the course of Saturn has been followed
    • that of the Sun. Of this we shall speak in the following
    • For the sake of greater clarity, here we shall
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  • Title: Book: The Life of the Sun
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    • Between them lies a period of rest (Pralaya). During this
    • Saturn man, as it were, has left behind his seed, which is sunk in a
    • were, a memory of the time of the Sun development. One can also
    • earth, its previous embodiment (reincarnation), as it were. This Moon
    • their dwelling-place.
    • delicate, but in itself more powerful body, the ether body. While the
    • appearance, however, is not that of the plants of today. Rather in
    • previous form somewhat. If it were to remain as it was on Saturn, it
    • successively repeat their labors. Therewith we have characterized six
    • discussed in detail later; at present we shall proceed to the
    • In the meantime however, these “Spirits of
    • power-filled wisdom, in other words, “life.” The ether or
    • ether body and implants a powerful activity in it. This continues
    • during and after the Saturn period, and which until this time were
    • of Fire,” however, is such that they pour the warmth of their
    • hatching, that is, it has a life-awakening power. Everything of such
    • a life-awakening power that lies in man and in his companions was
    • implanted into the ether body at that time by the Sons of Fire. We
    • apparent what kind of a transformation this power of warmth went
    • power into the predisposition to spirit-man which was formed at that
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  • Title: Book: Life on the Moon
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    • that of dreamless sleep. The Sun consciousness, however, can be
    • that in the Moon consciousness as well as in dream consciousness,
    • This formation, however, only occurred in the
    • were there connected only with the functions of this body and with
    • conceptual thinking. Now however, it unfolds in its own entire
    • man a being which in its development stands midway between
    • of man which we have described above. The entire plant world which
    • of today, but rather stands midway between present animal and present
    • man, so too the mineral of the Moon lies between the mineral of today
    • the power which later on the earth was wholly transferred to the
    • beings themselves — the power of fertilization. At that time
    • of ebbing of all the processes we have described, but also the
    • These separate out of the homogeneous mass, as it were. From the
    • however are still attached to one another by a connecting link. In
    • cosmic process which we have characterized is the precondition of the
    • development could not attain the stage we have described. In the
    • Here again, we shall present the development of
    • are thrust down to a lower level, are now joined by the animal
  • Title: Book: The Life of Earth
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    • the components were successively formed which make up the so-called
    • “lower nature of man” — the physical body, the
    • progress. As long as the lower man has only a physical body, he
    • and again the physical body and the ether body were transformed in
    • Twilight; the emotions were implanted in the astral body by the Fire
    • were formed during these three great cycles: a lower man, consisting
    • and spirit-self (Manas). The lower and the higher nature of
    • man followed separate paths at first.
    • homogeneous mass. The Sun and the Moon too, which were separate in
    • had on the Moon. There the lower man is a being intermediate between
    • man of today and an animal; the plants stand midway between the
    • body splits into a lower part, which continues to be the carrier of
    • lower members, over the physical body, the ether body, and the lower
    • astral body and implant in it just that independence we have
    • mentioned, and therewith also selfishness. Only in the lower human
    • physical body that power entity begins its work which one can
    • describe as the real ancestor of man. It is the same power entity
    • entities the human power being characterized above develops its
    • One must not imagine, however, that the sphere of
    • activity of the spirits we have mentioned was confined only to what
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  • Title: Book: The Fourfold Man of Earth
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    • IN THIS DESCRIPTION, we shall take man as our
    • initiative transforms the “lower” bodies, and thereby
    • consider the physical body as the lowest and therefore as the least
    • perfect. However, in this, one would be in error. It is true that the
    • has this physical body in common with the lowest natural realm on
    • earth, the mineral realm, is it possible for the error we have
    • however, it is not as perfect in its way as is the physical
    • the human dwelling-place the physical body of man has been worked on
    • where it was an extremely complex mechanism, which however had
    • means of the merely mineral forces which were acting in it. It was
    • Saturn goal. Those human bodies which did attain this goal were
    • of plant men. That portion of the human bodies however which had not
    • they were physical instruments, and nothing else. On the Sun they
    • were transformed, because an ether or life body permeated them. They
    • were thereby brought into the life process. They became
    • animated physical instruments. To them were added those parts
    • were those which at present have developed into the glands.
    • they were related to externally. Assume for instance that a Moon man
    • was well or ill disposed toward this Moon man, whether it would be
    • his image consciousness, These images were a complete means of
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  • Title: Book: Answers to Questions
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    • Answers to Questions
    • If we are to acquire new capacities through
    • will, of the imagination, of the mastery of natural forces which were
    • very weak conception of what the memory of an Atlantean could
    • of a quite different order if contemporary man were obliged to be the
    • among the Atlanteans. But each previously acquired power of the soul
    • example, if the beaver were suddenly to become a thinking being, it
    • among them. The life-mastering power of the Atlanteans first appeared
    • that was like life-producing power in them during their Atlantean
    • would result which was in the power of the Atlantean. All of Roman
    • jurisprudence was the transformed will power of a former time. In
    • among the Atlanteans were manifested in a magnificent breeding of
    • Secret sciences have always existed. They were
    • underwent certain tests could learn something of them. He was always
    • higher insights are the key to a power which must lead to misuse in
    • were previously a part of secret knowledge. But it would acquire
    • was salutary in which the highest teachings were communicated in
    • However, even today certain parts of secret
    • between belief and knowledge. One can be a modern scientist and a
    • scientist of the spirit at the same time. But, however, one must be
  • Title: Book: Prejudices Arising from Alleged Science (1904)
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    • theosophischen Bewegung (Vital Questions of the (Theosophical
    • research can point to the enormous blessings it has bestowed and
    • proud words: “For there lies an abyss between these two extreme
    • infinitely small atoms of living cells as well as of chemical bodies,
    • all scientific facts into account, we leave the supernatural
    • well-founded-ness by means of a more delicate logic, he can be driven
    • of how matters really stand with respect to the two points we have
    • we shall cite a characteristic one here.
    • are today, but were surrounded by colored coronas. A distribution of
    • influence of sunlight which is weakened by the formation of clouds,
    • connection between the opinion of Forel quoted above, for instance,
    • of the future and the insuperable might of inimical powers, the soul
    • peril of combat.” “In the lower stages of civilization,
    • mature insight into the interconnection of things and a greater power
    • feeling of confidence in invisible powers comes to the fore and with
    • if it were not constantly being reborn out of these two.”
    • “Do we not live in a way a hundred times truer, warmer, and
    • more interestingly when we base ourselves on the ego, and find
    • and archangels, which we cannot imagine, and which therefore mean
    • except of that of which we speak; we demand not only that that be
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  • Title: Book: Contents: Cosmic Memory
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    • xix. Answers to Questions
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    • West Nyack, New York
    • The authorized translation in the Western Hemisphere by agreement with
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    • BORN IN AUSTRIA in 1861, Rudolf Steiner received recognition as a scholar when he was invited to edit the Kürschner edition of the natural scientific writings of Goethe. In 1891, Steiner received his Ph.D. at the University of Rostock. He then began his work as a lecturer. From the turn of the century to his death in 1925, he delivered well over 6000 lectures. His written works eventually included some fifty titles.
  • Title: Book: Introduction: Cosmic Memory
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    • scholar when he was invited to edit the well-known Kurschner edition
    • age of twenty-five, he had shown his comprehensive grasp of the
    • Weltanschauung (Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's
    • group of eminent scholars in residence at Weimar, where he worked
    • Weltanschauung (Goethe's Conception of the World) which, together
    • Western Europe. These journeys extended from Norway, Sweden and
    • century to his death in 1925, Steiner gave well over 6,000 lectures
    • First in Vienna, later in Weimar and Berlin,
    • nearly twenty years, observations on current affairs, reviews of
    • developments flowed from his pen. Finally, upon completion of his
    • work at Weimar, Steiner moved to Berlin in 1897 to assume the
    • editorship of Das Magazin fur Litteratur, a well-known
    • another example of the well-known hallmark of genius.
    • and philosophical point of view, and included them. However, it
    • cannot be told here. However, from the opening of the first Rudolf
    • conferences and lectures on many subjects, as well as courses of
    • not remain caught in the contradiction between belief and
    • when the prospect of space travel, as well as modern developments in
    • spiritual world directly. However, only after nearly forty years was
    • extraordinary sweep and magnitude. They include essential elements of
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  • Title: Book: Preface: Preface by the Editor of the German Edition (1939)
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    • years. They were written for the periodical Lucifer Gnosis,
    • study of the science of the spirit. However, some may find it
    • The periodical was also devoted to the answering
    • of questions posed by its readers. From this section we include some
    • However, the one who wishes to obtain a clear idea of the manner in
    • Apart from the above-mentioned books we indicate
    • volume of the series Geistige Wesen und Ihre Wirkungen
    • should be of special interest today: Gcschichtliche Notwendigkeit
    • und Freiheit, Schicksalseinwirkungen aus der Welt der Toten



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