contains eight of the more than 6000 lectures given by Rudolf
Steiner (1861–1925) during the early part of this century.
As with many of his lectures Steiner assumes a certain
familiarity with his basic writings on the part of his
listeners, a familiarity which can be gained by reading one
or more of his introductory works. Chief among these are the
The Philosophy of Freedom,
An Outline Occult Science,
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment.
The reader unfamiliar
with the above works might be well advised to consider first
reading one or more of them before attempting this volume
both as a way of increasing his appreciation and
comprehension of this work and in fairness to Steiner who
explains in detail how he came to his knowledge in these four
lecture of this volume is unusual. In it Steiner responded
quite specifically to several critics of his basic writings.
Although in its content this lecture departs from the theme
of the series reproduced in this volume, it is nevertheless
retained here, first in the interest of historical fidelity
and second because Steiner's responses to his critics do
indirectly highlight and offer examples for several of the
main ideas of the overall theme.
Steiner, himself referred to the content of the fourth
lecture as a digression. With this in mind, the reader
wishing to follow uninterrupted the content of the lecture
cycle may elect to read directly on to the fifth lecture upon
completing the third.