Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

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Interdisciplinary Astronomy

18 lectures, Stuttgart, January 1–18, 1921 (CW 323) “So you see, the most important thing to me has been to call forth within you an experience of the harmony between the human constitution and the structure of the cosmos. If you’ve really been following thus far, you can’t possibly regard this harmony as a sin against the spirit of science” (from lecture 16) What is the relationship between the ...
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Concerning the Astral World and Devachan

Notes from 19 lectures and 4 private lessons, Berlin, 1903–1904 (CW 88) In Berlin, just past the turn of the twentieth century, Rudolf Steiner, then a relatively unknown writer, educator, and editor, first began his spiritual teaching activity under the auspices of the Theosophical Society. The gatherings at this time were small, often being held in private homes, and therefore, in terms of size ...
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Conscious Society

8 lectures, Dornach, February 15 – March 16, 1919 (CW 189) Delivered in the context of postwar cultural and social chaos, these lectures form part of Rudolf Steiner’s energetic efforts to cultivate social understanding and renew culture through his innovative ideas based on “threefolding.” Steiner develops subtle and discerning perception of how social dynamics could change and heal if they were ...
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Artistic Sensitivity as a Spiritual Approach to Knowing Life and the World

13 lectures, Dornach, Switzerland, January 9 – May 2, 1915 (CW 161) Today’s orthodox notions of science—which is to say, of knowing—are exceedingly narrow; they posit, implicitly or otherwise, that the only knowledge possible, if any, is that of the physical world. But the skeleton key to unlocking the door, behind which lies the root of the problems and difficulties of our age, and thus their ...
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Understanding Society through Spiritual–Scientific Knowledge

15 lectures, Dornach, Oct.–Nov. 1919 (CW 191) In the uncertainty following World War I, Rudolf Steiner perceived a unique opportunity to establish a healthy social and political constitution. He began lecturing throughout post-war Germany, often to large audiences, about his social ideas. Here, speaking to a more intimate grouping at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, Steiner seeks to ...
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Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting of the First Goetheanum

9 lectures in various cities, April 1915–June 1920 (CW 288) The planning, construction, and execution of the functional work of art that was the First Goetheanum was an endeavor that occupied Rudolf Steiner for the better part of seven years. Every detail, from the seemingly small—such as the shape and feel of the door handles—to the grand motifs of the paintings on the ceilings of the cupolas ...
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The Connection between the Living and the Dead

8 lectures in Germany and Switzerland, February 16 – December 3, 1916 (CW 168) The year is 1916. Europe is entering the third year of the most devastatingly brutal war yet known. The high hopes and idealistic expectations for the newly dawned twentieth century have been very quickly met with the murderous visage of modern warfare. (The death toll would eventually reach 35 million souls.) Such is ...
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Initiation Science

8 lectures and a report, Dornach, London, and Stuttgart, July 27 – Sept. 16, 1923 (CW 228) In an astonishing series of lectures on the science of spiritual knowledge, Rudolf Steiner begins by addressing an audience in Dornach, Switzerland—where, only months earlier, his architectural masterpiece, the first Goetheanum, had been destroyed by fire. He discusses the nature of our planetary system, ...
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Life of the Human Soul

9 lectures, Dornach, April 29 – June 17, 1922 (CW 212) How are we connected to the world around us? This question, says Rudolf Steiner, is one that lives subliminally, drawing us into the depths of the psyche. There, our candle of consciousness tends to flicker and go out. But spiritual training can relight it so that we learn to perceive realms of our being beyond the restricted self. As Rudolf ...
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Our Connection with the Elemental World

7 lectures, 6 addresses; various cities, Jan. 1, 1912 – Dec. 31, 1914 (CW158) The heart of this volume comprises Rudolf Steiner’s commentary on the elemental forces responsible for our earthly nature as human beings—forces that influence us through our membership of a national or geographical group. When such elemental forces are not recognized and understood, he states, they cause conflict and ...
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Toward a New Theory of Architecture

An introductory lecture with slides, Bern, Switzerland, June 29, 1921 (CW 290) Rudolf Steiner gave thousands of lectures in his lifetime, usually without notes, and, with very few exceptions, with nothing more than chalk and a blackboard if he chose to accompany his speech with some kind of visual illustration. A notable exception is the presentation that constitutes the main part of this book. ...
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Architecture as Peacework

5 lectures, Dornach, Switzerland, October 10-25, 1914 (CW 287) At the outbreak of World War I, August 1914, the construction of the singular architectural masterwork that would later be called the Goetheanum was well underway on a hill just above the village of Dornach in neutral Switzerland. A small international community had gathered the previous year to take part in this unique artistic ...
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Sexuality, Inner Development, and Community Life

7 lectures, Dornach, September 10–16, 1915 (CW 253) Occasioned by a “scandal” precipitated by Rudolf Steiner’s marriage to Marie von Sivers in 1915, the lectures that constitute part one contain Steiner’s strongest statements on the issue of human relationships in a spiritual community. Using emphatic language Steiner makes it clear that becoming part of a spiritual community entails ...
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Goethe's Faust in the Light of Anthroposophy

13 lectures in Dornach and Prague, Sept. 30, 1916 - Jan. 19, 1919 (CW 273)Excerpts from various texts and two poems by Goethe This volume is the sequel to Anthroposophy in the Light of Goethe’s Faust (CW 272).  By late 1916, Rudolf Steiner had become an important interpreter of Goethe and frequently discussed Faust—probably Goethe’s greatest work—from the perspective of anthroposophic Spiritual ...
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Art History as a Reflection of Inner Spiritual Impulses

13 slide presentations, Dornach, Oct. 8, 1916 – Oct. 29, 1917 (CW 292) "I am going to show you a series of reproductions, of slides, from a period in art history to which the human mind will probably always return to contemplate and consider; for, if we consider history as a reflection of inner spiritual impulses, it is precisely in this evolutionary moment that we see certain human ...
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