The following lecture-course was given by
Rudolf Steiner to an audience familiar with the general background
and terminology of his anthroposophical teaching. In his autobiography,
The Course of my Life,
he emphasises the distinction between his written
works and reports of lectures which were given as oral
communications and were not intended for print. For an intelligent
appreciation of the lectures, it should be borne in mind that
certain premises were taken for granted when the words were spoken.
‘These premises,’ Rudolf Steiner writes,
‘include, at the very least, the anthroposophical knowledge of Man
and of the Cosmos in its spiritual essence; also what may be called
“anthroposophical History,” told as an outcome of research
into the spiritual world.’
At the end of this volume will be found a list
of publications that can be helpful to readers in this regard.