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The Impulse for Renewal in Culture and Science

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Sketch of Rudolf Steiner lecturing at the East-West Conference in Vienna.

The Impulse for Renewal in Culture and Science

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FIRST LECTURE, Berlin, 6 March 1922 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 13

Anthroposophy and Natural Science

Natural Science: application of methodology from inorganic nature to other fields; Anthroposophy: Metamorphosing the concepts. Natural science: rationalistic, anthroposophic: phenomenological conception of nature. Goethe and Ernst Mach as phenomenologists. Causality statements after mathematical conceptualization. Goethe's idea of the “Urpflanze”. Phenomenological “reading.” Anthroposophy recognizes the justification of mathematical causal thinking, but not as the only possible system of concepts. Atomism. – Reflection of the outside world in man, mental-spiritual and material.

SECOND LECTURE, Berlin, 6 March 1922 ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 36

The Human and the Animal Organization

Morphological relationship between humans and animals; Goethe's discovery of the intermediate jawbone in humans. Upward metamorphosis from the animal organization to the human. – Biological differentiation of humans and animals; sensory life as an example. The twelve senses of man. To be placed in the cosmos of human and animal organization: vertical or horizontal position of the spine. – Human sensory perception and the following ideas; vision as an example. Sense of balance and mathematical ideas. What is effected in the physical organization of man by his animal-different state of equilibrium?

THIRD LECTURE, Berlin, 7 March 1922 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 54

Anthroposophy and Philosophy

Different experiences of philosophy earlier and today. Today to distinguish philosophy of the West, the Middle and the East. – West: Herbert Spencer: Orientation to the natural sciences. Strict separation of science and the religious beliefs of the individual. Middle: Hegel: union of mental and sensory world, of faith and knowledge. Hegel's stay in the abstract as tragedy; his logic as a germ to experience the thought as reality. East: Vladimir Soloviev: Experience in spirituality. Use of western terms as an illustration for the mystical experience. – East: philosopher as priest, west: philosopher as world man, middle: philosopher as teacher. – Unconscious adoption of western scientific thinking in Central Europe in the 19th century. No training of concepts in the West, thereby loss of concepts in the middle. – West: Scientific results as a world question. Middle: piercing to the thought at Hegel. East: Looking to what lives above the thought. – Bridges between West and East through anthroposophy.

FOURTH LECTURE, Berlin, 8 March 1922 ... ... ... .. ... ... .. 75

Anthroposophy and Pedagogy

The effect of anthroposophic ideas on the whole person. – speculations about the connection between the spiritual and the physical of man in psychology. Application of scientific principles in a metamorphosed way in the anthroposophical view of man. Relationship between the spiritual and the bodily in the child: imitative principle in the first epoch of life, principle of authority in the second. – Unsatisfactory educational methods as a result of abstract intellectualism. Reading the learning plan and learning objective in the development of the child in Waldorf education. – Intellectualism in the third epoch of life, after sexual maturity. – Intellectual cultural impulse in our age; the resulting problems in understand the full human nature of the child and adolescent. Bridge from adult to child world through anthroposophy. – On dealing with the artistic and intellectual in Waldorf education. About the mind of the teacher.

FIFTH LECTURE, Berlin, 9 March 1922 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 96

Anthroposophy and Social Science

The “basic issues of the social question:” demand for a threefold division of the social organism; Impulses instead of utopian ideas; Misunderstanding of the book by economics theorists and practitioners. – Instinctive management of economic life in older cultures and its penetration with intellectual ideas since the 15th century. Two currents: economic theoretician, without influence on the practice, business practitioner, remaining in the instinctive. A kind of synthesis of the two in today's economic-scientific realism, resulting in the socio-political legislation. Woodrow Wilson as an abstract theorist. Through anthroposophy, living social impulses instead of abstract intellectualist ideas.

SIXTH LECTURE, Berlin, 10 March 1922 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 118

Anthroposophy and theology

Discussion of a note in a theological journal. Fundamentals about the relationship of anthroposophy to theology and religion. Anthroposophy as a field of work and research method. – Father God concept was given to men in ancient times. Atheism as a disease. Understanding of the Christ event and introduction to the Christ experience through anthroposophy. Not finding the Christ as a destiny of disaster. Not to the spirit come as mental limitation.

SEVENTH LECTURE, Berlin, 11 March 1922 ... ... ... ... ... . 140

Anthroposophy and Linguistics

Conscious- and subconscious-ness of language. Language as an object of scientific observation. About a parallel speech before English-speaking and other listeners: sensory nuances towards “duty” and “duty.” Language as a nuance of the folk soul. – Different language life in different time periods. Sanskrit as an example: the experience of the word manas; Consonants: restrained gestures, metamorphosed replicas of the external world, vowels: born out of sympathy and antipathy; the infusion of fantastic imaginations into the language. – I-feeling in different times. The spiritual experience of language in the West, in the middle and in the East. – Wilhelm Wundt and his theories about the origin of language.

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