has Something to Add
to Modern Sciences
Eight public lectures by Rudolf Steiner
lectures were given to audiences who were new to Anthroposophy
and offer a conceptual bridge between the outlook, findings
and suppositions of conventional natural science and the
findings of anthroposophical spiritual science.
Steiner emphasises that spiritual science is not a
refutation of natural science but an augmentation of it, and
one that natural science, following the integrity inherent in
its own principles, would necessarily develop into.
describes how scientific observation as it stands takes its
lead from what the physical senses alone―or
extensions of them through instrumentation―can
access. The universal assumption that only bodily-based
sensory information is valid as the starting point for
scientific examination is what has given rise to a science
that has cemented itself into materialism. The idea that the
human being is capable of other, equally "objective" forms of
observation, which derive from an ability to perceive
independent of the body is certainly not something most
serious-minded scientists would consider to be anything more
than fantasy. Steiner states, however, that without this
necessary expansion of our mode of observation, we cannot
discover the basis for natural phenomena as our physical
senses convey only certain effects which are peculiarly
related to our physical-sensory make-up. To understand phenomena that
we experience in the world around us, we must get "behind" the
senses themselves. This provides a view that is far more
comprehensive than simply delineating quantitative
relationships between objects, energy, time and space; it
conveys the living, qualitative dynamics of soul and spirit
which give rise to the purely quantitative phenomena around
us, including those examined from the perspectives of
psychology, sociology, history, and other disciplines.
particular, Steiner examines this approach in relation to the
study of psychology, history, natural science and sociology.
He also responds to questions from the audience on various
themes to illustrate the application of these principles.
8 lectures, Zurich, 5-14 Nov 1917 & 8-17 Oct 1918; GA 73
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Anthroposophy has Something to Add to Modern Sciences - Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning
'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he
based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual
dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of
spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and
From his spiritual
investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of
many activities, including education (both general and
special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture,
science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are
literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other
organizations involved in practical work based on his
principles. His many published works feature his research into
the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the
world and humanity, and methods of personal development.
Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures
across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical
Society, which today has branches throughout the world.
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