and the Task of Anthroposophy
17 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
In the lecture series, Materialism and the Task of
Steiner explains in this history of the development of human
consciousness that the world has already ended in the fourth century A.D.
At that time it became impossible to
find the spirit in nature. Since then we have been living in an
increasingly spiritual world on a disintegrating, dying earth.
However, people have been asleep to this spiritual reality around
them. Steiner here points the way out of blind materialism to a new
spiritual perception and cognition through which alone the Christ
can now be found.
In these illuminating lectures Steiner also talks
about the true nature of numbers, the Mystery of the Grail, and the
development of materialism. We need to find our way out of materialism now
that it has fulfilled its task of making us true citizens of the
earth. Through spiritual science, anthroposophy, we must now become
citizens of the spiritual world.
Trans: M. St. Goar (17 lectures, Dornach 2 April to 5 June 1921,
Anthroposophic Press/Rudolf Steiner Press
0 88010 176 8; paperback
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy
'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's
humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed
‘spiritual science’. As a highly developed clairvoyant and
spiritual initiate, he spoke from
his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see
his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a
universal 'science of the spirit'.
many published works (written books and lectures) - which include
his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the
evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal
development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual
faculties. He also provided indications for the renewal of many
human activities, including education - both general and special -
agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy,
religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over
6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General
Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the
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