In these lectures Rudolf Steiner demonstrates that there are twelve main philosophical standpoints and that the fruitful progress in philosophy depends not upon defending one and refuting the others but in learning to experience the validity of them all. This not only sharpens and makes more flexible our own powers of thinking, but also overcomes a narrow-minded one-sidedness and promotes tolerance and understanding of other people and their opinions.
Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer, from the 4th edition (1991) of the text published with the title, Das menschliche und kosmische Gedanke, in the Complete Edition of the works of Rudolf Steiner in the original German. (Volume No. 151 in the Bibliographical Survey, 1991.)
Here are four lectures given in Berlin from 20th to 23rd January, 1914 during the Second General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society. Translation revised by Charles Davy
With an Introduction by Nick Thomas
|Introduction by Nick Thomas|
Petrified Concepts and Concepts brought into Movement as an Advance from the Realm of the Spirits of Form to that of the Spirits of Movement.
|January 20, 1914|
The Possibility of contemplating the World from twelve different Standpoints through twelve equally justified World-Outlooks.
|January 21, 1914|
Relations of the seven World-Outlook-Moods (Planets) to the twelve Shades of World-Outlook (Zodiac). The threefold Tone in World-Outlooks (Sun, Moon and Earth). The special case of Anthropomorphism (Earth).
|January 22, 1914|
Man's Place within the spiritual Cosmos from the Standpoint of spiritual Astrology. Man as a Thought of the Hierarchies.
|January 23, 1914|