The Driving Force of Spiritual Powers in World History
7 lectures in Dornach, Switzerland, March 11–23, 1923 (CW 222)
Conventional wisdom assumes that historical events occur in a semi-arbitrary fashion and that the reasons for historical and cultural developments can be inferred from a humanistic sociological viewpoint. Steiner, on the other hand, describes how history and human development is a direct reflection of developments and changes (sometimes quite striking) in the roles and activities within the ranks of beings in the higher spiritual spheres. This is a truly inspiring set of lectures, especially for those who have a keen feeling for western world history.
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. 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.