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The Archive Caveat

The online Rudolf Steiner Archive includes works of Rudolf Steiner and related materials. This is a major, ongoing volunteer effort to acquire materials and convert them to electronic form. Texts are presented as published. Many are early translations from the original German or from other languages. We have included as many versions as we have been able to obtain, particularly the original language publications.

The Reader is encouraged to keep in mind the conventions of the time of the writings and/or translations. Many terms have come to be used differently now, and newer translations would phrase things differently. For example, early translations refer to “Man,” which at the time meant “All Mankind.” Newer translations use the term, “Human Being.”

It is neither the intent nor the purpose of the Archive to alter the texts, other than to correct typographic/scanning errors. Again, the Reader is asked to remember when the texts were originally written, translated, and published.

Rudolf Steiner has given the following prefatory words for all of his writings:

“No person is qualified to form a judgment on the contents of this work, who has not acquired — through the School of Spiritual Science itself or in an equivalent manner recognized by the School of Spiritual Science — the requisite preliminary knowledge. Other opinions will be disregarded: the authors decline to take them as a basis for discussion.”

When reading Steiner's works, be prepared to think. It is a first step to understanding. It is a first step to opening oneself to myriad possibilities. It is the first step in thinking, feeling, and willing.