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The Value of Thinking

For a Cognition that Satisfies the Human Being: The Relationship between Spiritual Science and Natural Science (CW 164)

September 2023
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    26th September 2023
  • ISBN 9781855846098
  • Language English
  • Pages 282 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

11 lectures, Dornach, August 20 and September 17 – October 9, 1915 (CW 164)

“As soon as you start thinking about the living sphere, you have to make the thought itself mobile. The thought must begin to gain inner mobility through your own power.” — Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner divides these absorbing, previously untranslated lectures into three sections. Opening with the value of thinking, he discusses the quality of thinking itself, contrasting “dead physical cognition,” “living imaginative cognition,” and “inspired cognition,” as well as the connection between inspired cognition and previous periods of human and planetary development. He clarifies how visionary clairvoyance can relate to individual intelligence, and discusses the submergence of ideas—the effects of sad or joyful experiences and feelings—in the unconscious, which can promote or inhibit life.

In the second part, Steiner speaks about the relationship between spiritual science and natural science, using a contemporary publication as a case study on how texts can be analyzed fruitfully. He explains how the spiritual-scientific method allows facts or personalities to speak for themselves rather than making personal judgements.

Finally, Steiner deliberates on episodic observations on space, time, and movement—kinetic formulas and concepts such as the speed of light—while also introducing notions such as light ether directly from his own spiritual observations.

These lectures are supplemented with an introduction by the translator, comprehensive notes, line drawings, and an index.

This book was translated from the German volume, Der Wert des Denkens für eine den Menschen befriedigende Erkenntnis. Das Verhältnis der Geisteswissenschaft zu Naturwissenschaft (GA 164).

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Christian von Arnim

Part One: The Value of Thinking for a Cognition that Satisfies the Human Being

1. Dornach, Sept. 17, 1915
2. Dornach, Sept. 18, 1915
3. Dornach, Sept. 19, 1915
4. Dornach, Sept. 20, 1915

Part Two: The Relationship between Spiritual Science and Natural Science

1. Dornach, Sept. 26, 1915
2. Dornach, Sept. 27, 1915
3. Dornach, Oct. 2, 1915
4. Dornach, Oct. 3, 1915
5. Dornach, Oct. 4, 1915
6. Dornach, Oct. 9, 1915

Part Three: Episodic Observations about Space, Time, Movement

1. August 20, 1915

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Significant Events in the Life of Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz 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.