Anthroposophy and the Inner Life: An Esoteric Introduction
9 lectures to members of the Anthroposophical Society, Dornach, Feb. 19–10, 1924 (CW 234)
Although these nine lectures were given to an audience that had been studying Anthroposophy, or Spiritual Science, for many years, they were nevertheless described by Rudolf Steiner as an “introductory course.”
Given shortly after the Christmas Foundation Meeting, when Rudolf Steiner reestablished and renewed the Anthroposophical Society, these lectures reformulate the content of Spiritual Science from a condensed, personal, and experiential point of view. What Steiner presented in a descriptive, systematic way in his foundational work Theosophy is complemented here with great intensity. Steiner challenges us to cultivate a living experience of the spiritual nature of the world and ourselves. This volume is therefore an invaluable companion to Steiner’s early written work, Theosophy.
This volume is a translation from German of Anthroposophie. Eine Zusammenfassung nach einundzwanzig Jahren (GA 234).
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). 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.