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Anthroposophy, A Fragment from 1910

Anthroposophie. Ein Fragment aus dem Jahre 1910

Rudolf Steiner

(Written 1910; GA 45)

This text, outlining a new methodology for the study of human nature, dates from 1910 and was found after Rudolf Steiner's death among his unpublished papers. Steiner had dealt with the same theme earlier in lectures. Asked for a written version, he tried to write down what he had said, but found himself unable to do so — the language would not completely relinquish the words. Nevertheless, what he was able to put down remains a major intellectual and spiritual accomplishment of the twentieth century. Steiner presents anthroposophy, which lies between anthropology and theosophy, as a way of studying the human being. Where anthropology studies the human being on the basis of the senses — i.e. by observation within the limits of the scientific method — theosophy recognizes the human as a spiritual being on the basis of inner experience and seeks to understand what it means to be human in a spiritual world. Between these two approaches — basically those of science and religion — lies anthroposophy, which seeks to study human beings as they present themselves to physical observation, while at the same time seeking to derive indications of the spiritual foundations of phenomena by a process of phenomenological intensification. The results of such phenomenological intensification, though fragmentary and incomplete, are of enormous importance. They constitute the first steps toward a truly cognitive psychology, one that demonstrates the richness of the phenomenological approach to the human being as a sensory organism. Starting from there, Steiner unfolds the seven life processes, the nature of I-experience, the meaning of the human form, and its complex relation to higher spiritual worlds. This is a key work, whose time has truly arrived.

Chapter titles in this book are:
     The Character of Anthroposophy
     The Human Being as a Sensory Organ
     The World Underlying the Senses
     The Life Processes
     The World Underlying the Sense Organs
     The World Underlying the Organs of Life
     The Higher Spiritual World
     The Human Form

GA 45 Selections ...

. Anthroposophie. Ein Fragment aus dem Jahre 1910
Book Cover Image Mit dieser nicht zum Abschluß gebrachtenSchrift beabsichtigte Rudolf Steiner die Darstellung einer Sinneslehre des Menschen aus den Forschungsergebnissen der Anthroposophie. Siehe hierzu auch die Vorträge in: Anthroposophie, Psychosophie, Pneumatosophie (GA 115); Die zwölf Sinne des Menschen in ihrer Beziehung zu Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition (Einzelausgabe, siehe Seite 143), sowie Beiträge zur Rudolf Steiner Gesamtausgabe (S. 160 ff.), Hefte 14, 34 und 58/59.

. Anthroposophy, A Fragment from 1910 (1996 edition)
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