1 lecture, Berlin, October 17, 1907 (CW 56)
In this lecture of 1907—"Natural Science at the Crossroads,” Rudolf Steiner outlines in detail the development of natural science and highlights its vital achievements, but emphasizing the tragic error of its materialistic interpretation of reality.
The publication of this lecture is timely and speaks to all who are concerned that the future of human civilization depends on blazing a middle path that affirms the essential contribution of science at a time when it is under attack by anti-science rhetoric and policies. At the same time, the book clarifies where and how the inherent limitations of natural science call for broadening and fostering Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science.
This volume is a translation of one lecture from Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes (GA 56).
(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.