The Spiritual Guidance of Man (Books Section)

Steiner describes the spiritual potentialities the human being brings with him at birth and shows how in successive world epochs these potentialities have brought to earth, through reincarnation, new impulses and forces out of the cosmic spiritual world.

Riddles of Philosophy (Books Section)

Rudolf Steiner’s Riddles of Philosophy is not a history in the usual sense of the word. It does not give a history of the philosophical systems, nor does it present a number philosophical problems historically. Its real concern touches on something deeper than this, on riddles rather than problems.

Basic Issues of the Social Question (Books Section)

In the social ferment of postwar Europe in 1919, Steiner presented his ideas about reforming the basis of society in three fundamental, autonomous spheres: economic, political/rights, and cultural. For a short time he worked to bring his ideas into practical application but it soon became impossible to bring about a “threefold social order” and he withdrew from the outer work in this area. His ideas have been worked with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as valid today as they were then. This volume is a presentation of Steiner’s central ideas on the threefold nature of the social organism.

The Philosophy of Freedom (Wilson) (Books Section)

This book, written in 1894, is a fundamental treatment of Steiner’s philosophical outlook. Together with Truth and Science and The Riddles of Philosophy, it might be considered as one third of a philosophical trilogy. The emphasis of the book is not on freedom as ordinarily understood, but on freiheit or what might be termed freeness. This freeness is a self-starting, self-directing activity of a spiritual sort. Here, the term spiritual is used in a sense not incompatible with the use of the word in the tradition of the German idealistic school of philosophy.

Das Christentum als Mystische Tatsache und die Mysterien des Altertums (Books Section)

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document: Books Das Christentum als Mystische Tatsache und die Mysterien des Altertums

Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften (Books Section)

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document: Books Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften

The Story of My Life (Books Section)

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document: Books The Story of My Life

The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception

The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's World Conception

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The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception

Fundamental Outlines with Specific Reference to Schiller

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker

GA 2

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This book first appeared in 1886. In it, Steiner approaches the epistemological question, “How Does One Know?” His point of departure is the more-or-less unexpressed epistemology of Goethe in his scientific writings and elsewhere. This is a good introduction to Goethe’s methodology.

This First English Edition was designed by Peter Döblin, and translated by Olin D. Wannamaker. It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. This is GA 2.

Copyright © 1940
This e.Text edition is provided with the cooperation of:
The Anthroposophic Press

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Goethe’s World View (Books Section)

Here, Goethe’s outlook is presented not only as a self-contained system, but also in connection with the ideas of Schiller and Hegel. A certain emphasis on Platonism is made, and its bearing on Goethe and his outlook. Chapters emphasize Goethe’s work, such as the process of metamorphosis, and studies in color.