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The Social Question as a Question of Consciousness

Die Soziale Frage als Bewusstseinsfrage.
Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage.

Rudolf Steiner
Given at Dornach, 1919
(Bn 189, GA 189, CW 189)

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Contents: The social question: fact and event questions. Judgments from mummified thought. The call “to the German people and to the Civilized world.” / The difference between the proletariat and its leaders. Spiritual life, political life, and economic life. / The radical thoughts forming in Marx and Lenin. / The materialist's conception of history, class struggle theory and value theory of the humanities, freedom of thought and true socialism. / J. G. Fichte's “The Enclosed Commercial State.” The ratio of economic life to nature and the basis of law. The separation of material and spiritual life. The essence of money. Labor and capital. / Capital formation. The free intellectual life. Liberation of sciences from under State supervision. / Hegel on objective idealism. The “Philosophy of Freedom.”

Known Publications:

  • Die Soziale Frage als Bewusstseinsfrage. Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage. Band I, German language editions: 1980. ISBN 3-7274-1890-X,
  • The Social Question as a Question of Consciousness, typescript, London reference R-57

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Die Soziale Frage als Bewusstseinsfrage.
Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage.

Book Cover Image Hier sind acht Vorträge von Rudolf Steiner in Dornach im Februar und März 1919 gegeben. Die Inhalte sind: Die soziale Frage: Tat-und Ereignisfrage. Das Urteilen aus Gedanken-mumien. Der Aufruf «An das Deutsche Volk und an die Kulturwelt» / Unterschied zwischen dem Proletariat und seinen Führern. Geistesleben, Staatsleben und Wirtschaftsleben / Die Gedankenformung bei Marx und ihre Radikalisierung bei Lenin / Materialistische Geschichtsauffassung, Klassenkampftheorie und Mehrwertlehre gegenüber Geisteswissenschaft, Gedankenfreiheit und wahrem Sozialismus / J. G. Fichtes «Geschlossener Handelsstaat». Das Verhältnis des Wirtschaftslebens zur Naturgrundlage und zum Rechtsleben. Trennung von materiellem Leben und Geistesleben. Das Wesen des Geldes. Arbeit und Kapital / Kapitalbildung und -umbildung. Das freie Geistesleben. Befreiung der Wissenschaften von der Staatsaufsicht / Hegels objektiver Idealismus. Die «Philosophie der Freiheit»


The Social Question as a Question of Consciousness

Book Cover Image These eight lectures, given by Rudolf Steiner at Dornach in February and March of 1919, are entitled, The Social Question as a Question of Consciousness, published in German as, Die Soziale Frage als Bewusstseinsfrage. Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage. Band I. Here Steiner refers to Marx, Lenin, Fichte, Hegel, and many others. Please see the main description for a look into the many diverse topics Dr. Steiner addresses in these lectures.


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