If nothing is within the reach of scientific research except what is in
the sense world, the doors are closed to the worlds where the human being
originates and where the creative forces of the world are found. Steiner
calls on us to develop the organs of perception that go beyond these
limits of cognition to where we can behold the Spirit active in the
phenomena of nature.
This edition was translated by Frederick Amrine and Konrad Oberhuber
from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer, from the
4th edition (1969) of the German text published under the
title Grenzsen der Naturerkenntnis (Vol, 322 in the
Bibliographic Survey). The translation was supported in
part by a grant from the Austro-American Friendship
Association of Boston.
Gratitude is expressed for permission to quote in the
Introduction from Collected Works of Paul Valéry,
ed. Jackson Matthews, Bollingen Series XLV, Vol. 9:
Masters and Friends, trans. Martin Turnell
© 1968 Princeton University Press.
We present this volume with the kind permission of the
Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
The foreword is by Saul Bellow.
The cover design is by Peter Stebbing.
From Bn 322, GA 322, CW 322.