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From Symptom to Reality in Modern History

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

From Symptom to Reality in Modern History

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By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by A. H. Parker.
GA 185

In these lectures, Steiner surveys some of the great developments in European consciousness and attitudes since the 15th century that have gradually formed the Europe of today. He examines the rise of nationalism and shows how different religious outlooks have played a profound role in shaping the course of events.

He also speaks of his personal confrontations with the attitudes and movements of his time. These lectures give a basis for a far deeper understanding of the present world situation and provide a challenge for those concerned with the future of humanity.

Translated by A. H. Parker, the original translation was from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. Published here with the permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

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 Cover Sheet  
Publisher's Note
Lecture I: The Birth of the Consciousness Soul October 18, 1918
Lecture II: Symptomatology of Recent Centuries October 19, 1918
Lecture III: Characteristics of Historical Symptoms in Recent Times October 20, 1918
Lecture IV: The Historical Significance of the Scientific Mode of Thinking October 25, 1918
Lecture V: The Supersensible Element in the Study of History October 26, 1918
Lecture VI: Brief Reflections on the Publication of the New Edition of ‘The Philosophy of Freedom’ October 27, 1918
Lecture VII: Incidental Reflections on the Occasion of the New Edition of ‘Goethes Weltanschauung’ November 01, 1918
Lecture VIII: Religious Impulses of the Fifth Post-Atlantean Epoch November 02, 1918
Lecture IX: The Relation Between the Deeper European Impulses and Those of the Present Day November 03, 1918

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