The following lectures were given by Rudolf Steiner to an audience
familiar with the general background and terminology of his
anthroposophical teaching. It should be remembered that in his
‘The Course of My Life’,
he emphasises the
distinction between his written works on the one hand and, on the
other, reports of lectures which were given as oral communications
and were not originally intended for print.
It should be borne in mind that certain premises were taken for
granted when the words were spoken. ‘These premises,’
Rudolf Steiner writes, ‘include at the very least, the
anthroposophical knowledge of Man and of the Cosmos in its spiritual
essence; also what may be called anthroposophical history,
told as an outcome of research into the spiritual world.’
For the benefit of readers a brief list of publications relevant to
the main theme have been added at the end of this volume.