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The Light Course - Rudolf SteinerThe Light Course
'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series
10 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner's course on the nature of light, which includes explorations of colour, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism, offers a radically different approach to the study of nature.

This 'first course' in natural science, given to the teachers of the new Stuttgart Waldorf School as a basis and guideline for developing the physics curriculum, is based on Goethe's approach to the study of nature. Steiner diverges from the mechanistic reductionism practised by scientific theorists, emphasizing instead the validity of human experience, and pointing toward a revolution in scientific paradigms that would reclaim ground for the subject – the conscious and observing human being – as an intrinsic component in any study of natural phenomena.

Trans. Raoul Cansino
(10 lectures, Stuttgart, 23 Dec 1919 to 3 Jan 1920; GA 320)
Anthroposophic Press
208 pp; paperback
; 21.5 x 13.5 cm
ISBN: 0 88010 499 6




 

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'.

His 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 world.
 


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