Summaries of Lectures
Lecture 1: Zurich, 3 February 1919
The Social Question: “The true form.”
The actual form of the social question understood out of life's
necessities at present, on the basis of scientific spiritual
research unannounced in the social needs of the present. Regarding
the origin of the proletarian movement. The problem with cause and
effect. The proletarian class distinction in relation to human
consciousness. The ideological character of science, art and religion
for the proletariat. Contradictions in the proletarian movement.
Towards a Threefold Social Order.
Lecture 2: Zurich, 5 February 1919
The Social Question: “More on the Social Question.”
A comparison between the attempts at solving the social question
based on life's realities and the necessity for a scientific
spiritual concept of life as a social organism. Criticism of
analogy. Structural features of the Threefold Social organism.
Inherent laws in spiritual, legal and economic life. Arguments
against the centralisation of social functional areas. The meaning
of freedom, equality and brotherhood for the social organism.
Perspectives for social reform.
Lecture 3: Zurich, 10 February 1919
The Social Question: “Fanaticism versus a real conception
of life in social thinking and willing.”
Extremism vs a real view of life in social thinking and willing. The
being and meaning of the proletarian view of life during the evolution
of mankind. The meaning of a spiritual scientific world view for the
establishment of a social reality. Social utopia and fanaticism.
Criticism for state monopoly in spiritual and cultural life.
Regarding the value of human labour — criticism of Karl Marx.
Lecture 4: Zurich, 12 February 1919
The Social Question: “The Evolution of Social Thinking
and Social Willing and Life's Circumstances.”
The development of social thinking and will and life's circumstances
for present humanity and their influences of individual behaviour.
Two streams in social thinking and social feeling. Illusion of
cause-and-effect running in a straight line in social developments.
Instinctive feelings and modern individual consciousness. Regarding
national economic thoughts of physiocrats (value based on land and
labour). The relationship between legal and economic life. The tasks
of legality. Thoughts towards the main social law. Private right and
criminal law as components of spiritual life. Present day question
from the point of view of Threefoldness.
Lecture 5: Public Lecture. Zurich, 25 February
The Social Question: “Student lecture on Social
Public lecture on social will as forming the basis of a new
scientific order. Regarding superstitious abstraction from
which something lively can be formed. Community building.
The question of human dignity in modern thinking. Spirituality
regarded as an ideology, a mirror of materialistic reality.
Denationalization as a guiding force of social change. Regarding
the nature of human labour and the necessity of revealing its
character. Schooling pupils in social will. Freedom, Equality
and Brotherhood. Social need and social reality.
Lecture 6: Public Lecture. Zurich, 8 March 1919
The Social Question: “What significance does work
have for the modern proletarians?”
The meaning of modern civilization for evolution. The split brought
about through modernism. Results of education for the Proletariat.
Human dignity in the workplace. Capitalism. Labour sold as Goods.
The function of the state from the perspective of the ruling
classes. The State as a Cooperative. The definition of human
labour in a healthy social organism. Science and the working
classes. The economic vs legal state. The state's dominance over
cultural and economic life. The principle of association as a
basis for a contemporary economic system. Money. The necessity
for a Threefold Social Organism. Closing words after the discussion.
Being one with the common workers.