Six Versions of this work have appeared in English translation,
each with its own title. All are complete except the one entitled
The Threefold Social Order which is abbreviated.
This work, written late in the life of Rudolf Steiner,
makes use of a threefold analysis of the human individual and
of human society. Man as an individual or in a group functions
basically in three modes: thinking/perceiving, feeling/valuing,
and willing/planning/acting. A unit of functioning, whether a
part of an individual or part of a society has its proper role.
Each role needs a certain respect from other areas if it is to
function properly. Each role should be appropriately related
to the other two roles or functions. In society, the three
partitions are: the cultural-spiritual, the production-economic,
and the “sphere of rights” including legal rights. As the
analysis unfolds, it may be noticed that there is seldom a
“pure case” but there are various mixes with one aspect often
predominataing. The manner in which the three aspects of
society relate to the three aspects of the individual is a
fascinating and intricate one, and one which has an important
bearing on the future of human society.
This is not another “utopia” but a practical suggestion
concerning details which may be incorporated into society one
at a time, from time to time.
The four sections of the book are:
The Nature of the Social Question in the Life of Modern Man
Meeting Social Needs
Capitalism and Creative Social Ideas (Capital and Human Labor)