Rudolf Steiner on Social Issues:
The Social Issues Section of the Rudolf Steiner Archive presents
some of the lectures and publications of Rudolf Steiner that are
related to Social Issues. In the Catalogue of Holdings, the works
are categorized as lectures, articles, books, etc. Works
presented here may be accessed from the Catalogue, from our Main
Steiner Archive Menu, or by selecting a subject area from the
Sections list at the upper left of this page.
Basic Issues of the Social Question:
This book was written in 1919, just after the First World War,
and suggests solutions to the social, political and economic
problems of those times. At the end of the book, Steiner writes:
“... either people will accommodate their thinking to the
requirements of reality, or they will have learned nothing from
the calamity and will cause innumerable new ones to occur in the
future.” History since then has proven these words to be
prophetic. The “social question” has not been
resolved, nor have steps been taken to initiate the healing
process. We all too often look to the political state for the
solutions to all social problems, be they of an economic,
cultural or political nature. Steiner's concept of a tripartite,
or threefold society in which the economic, cultural and
political spheres would enjoy relative autonomy within the social
organism has not yet been tried. This book contains his basic
ideas for the restructuring of society.
The Renewal of the Social Organism:
The articles presented in this volume were written during 1919
and 1920. In the Collected Edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the
volume containing the German texts is entitled, Aufsätze
über die Dreigliederung des sozialen Organismus und zur
Zeitlage 1915-1921 (Vol. 24 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961.).
They were translated from the German by E. Bowen-Wedgewood and
Ruth Mariott; the translation was revised by Frederick Amrine.
The publication of the printed volume was made possible by a
grant from the Dietrich V. Asten Memorial Fund.
Inner Aspect of the Social Question:
Rudolf Steiner suggested new ways to organize society and engage
with social questions. This book presents his esoteric
perspective on such concerns. Steiner asserts that we must begin
by giving real value to the human element in the world, finding a
deeper understanding of our relationship to nature and to the
cosmos. Accordingly, it is ineffective to organize society in an
arbitrary way; society ought to reflect the human relationship to
the spiritual world. Steiner goes on to discuss the threefold
archetype of social life — the political state, the
economy, and the spiritual and cultural aspects — and how
these three areas can interact in a healthy way, leading to an
evolving society that is vibrant.