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Goethe's Conception of the World,

Goethe's World View,
Goethes Weltanschauung.

Rudolf Steiner
(Written 1897; GA 6 / Bn 6)

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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. Originally published in German as, Goethes Weltanschauung.

Chapter titles:
    The Position of Goethe in the Evolution of Western Thought
    Goethe and Schiller
    The Platonic Conception of the World
    Consequences of the Platonic View of the World
    Goethe and the Platonic View of the World
    Personality and View of the World
    The Metamorphosis of Phenomena
    Views concerning Nature and the Development of Living Beings
    The Doctrine of Metamorphosis
    The Phenomena of the World of Colour
    Thoughts concerning the Evolutionary History of the Earth
    Observations on Atmospheric Phenomena
    Goethe and Hegel

Known Publications:

  • Goethes Weltanschauung, German language editions: 1897, 1918, 1921, 1948, 1963, 1990 ISBN 3-7274-0060-9,
  • Goethe's Conception of the World, Anthroposophical Publishing Co., London, and Anthroposophic Press, New York, 1928, 193 pp., translated from the second German edition of 1918, edited by H. Collison
  • Goethe's Conception of the World, Haskell House Publishers, New York 1973, 193 pp., translator not mentioned
  • Goethe's World View, Mercury Press, Spring Valley, New York, 1985, 163 pp., translated from the fifth German edition of 1963 by William Lindemann, ISBN 0-936132-71-X,


GA 6 / Bn 6 ... Selections ...

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Goethes Weltanschauung

Book Cover Image Die Ergebnisse von Steiners langjähriger intensiver Beschäftigung als Herausgeber von Goethes naturwissenschaftlichen Arbeiten erfahren hier eine zusammenfassende Darstellung. Inhalt: Goethes Stellung innerhalb der abendländischen Gedankenentwickelung / Die Anschauungen über Natur und Entwickelung der Lebewesen / Die Betrachtung der Farbenwelt / Gedanken über Entwickelungsgeschichte der Erde und Lufterscheinungen / Goethe und Hegel.



. Goethe's Conception of the World
Book Cover Image First published in 1897 in German as, Goethe's Weltanshauung, this edition is the first English publication of this work, and is the authorised english translation, edited by Harry Collison. 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.


. Goethe's World View
Book Cover Image This edition of Goethe's World View is a new translation by William Lindeman from Goethe's Weltanschauung, published by Verlag der Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, 1963. The Cover Graphic form is by Rudolf Steiner (originally as a study for the book Truth and Science). The layout and lettering are by Peter Stebbing.



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