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The Science of Knowing

Outline of an Epistemology Implicit in the Goethean World View (CW 2)

October 1994
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  • Publisher
    Mercury Press
  • Published
    26th October 1994
  • ISBN 9780936132976
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

Written 1886 (CW 2)

Rudolf Steiner’s first book, published in 1886 when he was twenty-five years old, represented for him a true beginning in the search for deeper knowledge. In his preface to the 1923 edition, he wrote:

“As I look at it again today, it also appears to me to be the epistemological justification for everything I said and published later. It speaks of the essential being of knowing activity that opens the way from the sense-perceptible world into the spiritual one.”
The Science of Knowing is a translation from German of Grundlinien einer Erkenntnistheorie der Goetheschen Weltanschauung mit besonderer Rücksicht auf Schiller (CW 2).

C O N T E N T S:

Preface to the New Edition of 1924
Foreword to the First Edition

1.         The Point of Departure
2.         The Science of Goethe According to the Method of Schiller
3.         The Task of Science

4.         Determining the Concept of Experience
5.         An Indication as to the Content of Experience
6.         Correcting an Erroneous Conception of Experience as a Whole
7.         Calling upon the Experience of Every Single Reader

8.         Thinking as a Higher Experience within Experience
9.         Thinking and Consciousness
10.       The Inner Nature of Thinking

11.       Thinking and Perception
12.       Intellect and Reason
13.       The Activity of Knowing
14.       The Ground of Things and the Activity of Knowing

15.       Inorganic Nature
16.       Organic Nature

17.       Introduction: Spirit and Nature
18.       Psychological Knowing Activity
19.       Human Spiritual Activity (Freiheit)
20.       Optimism and Pessimism

21.       The Activity of Knowing and Artistic Creativity

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.