Newly translated lectures at the Rudolf Steiner Archive

Cover image for GA 52

Cover for GA 52

There are more newly translated lectures at the Rudolf Steiner Archive:

They are a translation of GA/Bn 52 (by an anonymous translator): eighteen lectures by Rudolf Steiner, given at Berlin from September 1903 until December 1904. The original title for this GA/Bn, in German, is: Spirituelle Seelenlehre und Weltbetrachtung. From the Preface to these lectures:

“The talks of this volume belong to that part of Rudolf Steiner’s lecturing work with which he turned to the general public. ‘Berlin had been the starting point for this public lecturing activity. What was treated in other cities in single talks could be expressed here in a coherent course of lectures whose topics merge into each other. They thereby received the character of a well-founded methodical introduction to spiritual science and could count on a regularly returning audience to which it was crucial to penetrate deeper and deeper into the fields of knowledge being revealed to it anew, while the bases of the understanding of the offered material were given to the newcomers.’ (Marie Steiner)

“Since Rudolf Steiner could correct the transcripts only in few cases because of lack of time, his reservation has to be taken into consideration with all publications of talks: ‘It has just to be accepted that mistakes may be found in the transcripts not checked by me.’

“The first of five lecture courses of this volume deals with the eternal core of the human being, the soul, the concept of God, and Christianity in the theosophical view and in the scientific discussion. In the second course, Rudolf Steiner – like in his Philosophy of Freedom – indicates the hopelessness and consequences of Kant’s philosophy and shows the way to a knowledge of the spirit. There follows the representation of the relation of the soul to the body, to destiny and to the spirit. The historical soul doctrines are compared with the contemporary ones. The explanations about the soul in the hypnotic state already point to the fourth course of lectures which deal with the search for the super-sensible experience in spiritism, hypnotism, and somnambulism. In doing so, Rudolf Steiner shows the justified meeting points and the necessary differences between these movements and theosophy. Four talks on challenges of theosophy by questions of the human beings and by the criticism of science finish the volume.”

Most of these lectures have never been translated into English, and are presented here for the very first time! Here is the URL:

Theosophic/Esoteric Cosmology (Lectures Section)

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document: Lectures Theosophic/Esoteric Cosmology

From Symptom to Reality in Modern History (Lectures Section)

In these lectures, Steiner surveys some of the great developments in European consciousness and attitudes since the 15th century that have gradually formed the Europe of today. He examines the rise of nationalism and shows how different religious outlooks have played a profound role in shaping the course of events. He also speaks of his personal confrontations with the attitudes and movements of his time. These lectures give a basis for a far deeper understanding of the present world situation and provide a challenge for those concerned with the future of humanity.

Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses (Lectures Section)

In the Lectures Section of the Rudolf Steiner Archive: Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses, by Rudolf Steiner.

The Mystery of Golgotha (Lectures Section)

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document: The Mystery of Golgotha A lecture delivered in Manchester College Chapel, Oxford, on August 27th, 1922. Authorized translation from the German of Notes unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind permission of Frau Marie Steiner. Also known as: The Mystery of Golgotha and the Mystery of the Trinity GA 214 Lecture 7 of 8 from the lecture series: The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit Published in German as: Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten.

Star Wisdom, Moon Religion, Sun Religion (Lectures Section)

The 4th, 8th and 11th of 17 lectures in the lecture series entitled, Human History and the Outlook of People of Culture. Published in the original German as, Die Geschichte der Menschheit und die Weltanschauungen der Kulturvoelker. Vortraege fuer die Arbeiter am Goetheanumbau. Band 7. These are three lectures given to workmen at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland. They were translated by D. S. Osmond from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. We present them here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Theosophy and Rosicrucianism (Lectures Section)

Fourteen of twenty-two lectures from the lecture series entitled, Human Development and Cognition of Christ. Published in German as, Menschheitsentwickelung und Christus-Erkenntnis. Theosophie und Rosenkreutzertum. Das Johannes-Evangelium.

Hvilken betydning har menneskets okkulte utvikling for dets vesensdeler og dets selv? (Lectures Section)

10 foredrag holdt i Haag 20–29 mars 1913, GA 145. Welche Bedeutung hat die okkulte Entwickelung des Menschen für seine HüIlen — physischen Leib, Atherleib, Astral­leib — und sein Selbst?

The Nature of Eternity (Lectures Section)

In the Lectures Section of the Rudolf Steiner Archive: The Nature of Eternity, by Rudolf Steiner.

Buddha and Christ (Lectures Section)

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document: Buddha and Christ Public lecture delivered by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, December, 2nd, 1909. Authorized translation published by kind permission of Frau Marie Steiner. This edition is the first appearance of this lecture in English. It also appears as lecture 2 of 5 in the lecture series: From Buddha to Christ. The original German is included in: Pfade der Seelenernisse (#58 in the Bibliographical Survey, 1961.)