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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 1: Natural Science
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    • for centuries — since the fifteenth or sixteenth century,
    • face of the scientific attitude of recent times, this has
    • illumination from the ancient Orient, the magnificent song
    • certain readily comprehended concepts at the centre of our
    • meditation, by concentrating on certain subjects of
    • centre of our consciousness, with a great effort of will,
    • out all other consciousness, and concentrate only on this one
    • incentive to seek a kind of thinking no longer founded on
    • ten years ago, since life has only recently imposed them on us.
    • way by meditation and concentration take on a quite special
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 2: Psychology
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    • nature of both views has been perceived by recent
    • recent years, however, psychology has, understandably and
    • some eccentric or other, but by that rigorous thinker Franz
    • Brentano, who made psychology his central concern in life and
    • so-called normal consciousness is eccentric or
    • concentrated all our attention and inner strength of soul, so
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 3: East and West in History
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    • a scientific discipline, this study is of fairly recent origin,
    • Historians have produced magnificent things. In developing from
    • the eighteenth century, however, history, falling as it did
    • eccentrics, it is best for us to start from concepts and
    • element of more recent origin, if we work our way up to a
    • This philosopher of the second half of the nineteenth century
    • of expression of these philosophers of Western and Central
    • fathers; and in those early centuries of Christianity there
    • central region between East and West. We see it, for example,
    • representative Central European, we find art and science
    • within the history of recent times. Goethe made himself at home
    • inspired the best minds in Central Europe. Schröer's
    • together has been finely expressed by another Central European,
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 4: Spiritual Geography
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    • Looking at the East, Western man — the man of recent
    • incentive not merely to accept them, but to apply them to the
    • significance it has assumed in recent civilization, just as
    • that it has had in recent civilization. We can thus see that in
    • wide circles of humanity for centuries. Encompassing
    • this mood, this “ideology.” It is recent and
    • something that has only been attained in the West and in recent
    • features of life and of human attitudes. As a Central European
    • here in Central Europe, I would rather not give my own opinion
    • Central Europe in relation to a certain aspect of spiritual
    • beginning of the sixties of the last century, of Buckle's
    • was produced in Central Europe at the same time as Buckle wrote
    • it, and the Central European looks at what inhabits the realm
    • Centre, where man is presented as he thinks and feels, the two
    • Central and Western men, we come to understand that, although
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 5: Cosmic Memory
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    • pantheism perhaps or a conception of life reminiscent of
    • or four centuries in scientific conscientiousness and a sure
    • saw them half a century ago), did not exist, what would be
    • accounts of ancient and recent times — from which those
    • most part — some ninety per cent, in fact — he is a
    • All the magnificent results that ordinary science has achieved
    • militates against such a reconciliation. For in recent
    • centuries we have grown accustomed to count truths as exact
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 6: Individual and Society
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    • of very recent times alone. And when we try to discover why it
    • of three or four centuries, there has emerged from within the
    • to speak, of very recent times, is also suited, as it stands,
    • on the social needs of recent times. These needs, as they are
    • Central Europe, in Germany, where a particular social
    • rôle of capital in Central Europe and then in England, we
    • nor the child of primary school age, nor even the adolescent
    • have educated ourselves, in these three or four centuries, to
    • four centuries. Not only through spiritual profundity, but
    • socially active in recent times was Rosa Luxemburg. In personal
    • in the trees like an ape in an extremely indecent fashion,
    • four centuries intellectualism has come of age, so much
    • magnificent as it is — within natural processes. And here
    • productive aspect emerging in the last three or four centuries
    • most recent discoveries, we can follow how, in anyone who
    • point of all these social ideas? Here in Central Europe the
    • very recent times, this is beginning to be understood even
    • these ideals incandescent; something that impels our will to
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 7: The Individual Spirit and the Social Structure
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    • centre of gravity has shifted from the Baltic and Atlantic to the
    • course of centuries and have changed so significantly as
    • nineteenth century onwards) must also be followed by a profound
    • about Central Europe and in particular about Germany,
    • Central Europe, what they say — and write in their books
    • initiative. But when we look across at Central Europe — I
    • determine, from the centre of national life, the nature of
    • centralized and more or less autocratic system. If we were then
    • with the externals of life. In Central Europe, as the
    • recent times. For millions upon millions of people, the name of
    • Marx was educated in Central Europe, in Germany, where he
    • development of recent times. What he studied were concrete
    • social organization such as only a Central European temperament
    • West, but in Central Europe. And we may say: the concrete
    • thought even in Central Europe differs from that in Western
    • Central European and with what is just beginning to appear in
    • zenith, the tribes in Western and Central Europe were still in
    • certainly something here faintly reminiscent, I would say, of
    • characteristic of the civilization of Central Europe.
    • judge magnificently symbolizes the transition from a purely
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 8: The Problem (Asia-Europe)
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    • century, makes this surprising statement: “When we survey
    • century, at the end of which it was made. Nothing that has
    • sense of self, a sense of personality that is still quiescent
    • that the hordes which, mainly from Northern and Central Europe,
    • them, as the central feature of their being, this sense of
    • that, as early as the eleventh century, a kind of Socialism
    • seen as the central social problem, was also found in earlier
    • disappeared into thin air during the butchery of the recent
    • — we need only go back to the thirteenth century —
    • the centre of something that pervades man's soul and brings
    • the centre of the world's development, also reach an
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 9: Prospects of its Solution (Europe-America)
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    • throughout the nineteenth century. And as the social
    • sixteenth century onwards, there have increasingly come into
    • and can simply concentrate his attention on his own humanity.
    • recognized as such; but just as the educated man of more recent
    • would take centuries. Nothing is more of an obstacle to
    • can hope for this. This hope is native to us in Central Europe
    • where, throughout the nineteenth century, the best minds sought
    • enormous amount of good was achieved in Central Europe, as a
    • always been drawn, in England, to the way in which, in Central
    • down to its speech-centres, on the company a man keeps, the
    • thus brought to bear on man's true centre in turn affects the
    • was in Central Europe that the finest minds sought for
    • of the temperament, the volitional side of children. Central
    • European educators in the nineteenth century tried to discover
    • world to look more closely at Central Europe, which has gone
    • century — Hegel, Fichte, Schelling — who have gone
    • is why Central Europe itself forsook the paths it had been
    • genuinely vital. A rapprochement with Central Europe can bring
    • There existed in Central Europe a spirit which proclaimed that
  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 10: From Monolithic to Threefold Unity
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    • conditions thrown up in the course of man's recent
    • the central argument was taken to be my main point. In order to
    • going on in Europe in recent years, beneath the surface of
    • yesterday — the will, which is the true centre of man's
    • the obstacles which, in recent times, with their
    • affected the unconscious depths of men's souls in recent
    • arisen in the recent development of civilized man, alongside
    • stronger and stronger as the nineteenth century wore on. It
    • at every moment. Forces of ascent, growth and maturation are
    • perceiving, side by side with the forces of ascent,
    • become increasingly apparent in recent decades. It is the
    • of the nineteenth century, of what we may call the search
    • nineteenth century.
    • the nineteenth century in Europe the historical school
    • century, at the height of intellectualism, a battle over the
    • nineteenth century, the essence of the state became, for
    • has developed in recent times, and which I need not describe,
    • individual. In the nineteenth century, when intellectualism
    • programmes. We have seen recently how, with the best and
    • also perceive clearly that in recent years there has developed
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