The Riddles of Philosophy (Hbk) (Used)
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Written 1914, 1923 (CW 18)

The full title of this book is, The Riddles of Philosophy Presented in an Outline of Its History. It is not a “history of philosophy,” although the approach is historical. It is a review of historical and present-day world conceptions. Originally, this work appeared in two volumes in the German language. The first English edition appeared in 1973 and is bound as one volume.

Together with Truth and Science and The Philosophy of Freedom, it could be considered as one third of a philosophical trilogy.

C O N T E N T S:

Preface to the 1923 Edition
Preface to the 1918 Edition
Preface to the 1914 Edition

I Guiding Thoughts on the Method of Presentation
II The World Conception of the Greek Thinkers
III Thought Life from the Beginning of the Christian Era to John Scotus Erigena
IV The World Conceptions of the Middle Ages
V The World Conceptions of the Modern Age of Thought Evolution
VI The Age of Kant and Goethe
VII The Classics of World and Life Conception
VIII Reactionary World Conceptions
IX The Radical World Conceptions

Introductory Remarks to the 1914 Edition
I The Struggle Over the Spirit
II Darwinism and World Conception
III The World as Illusion
IV Echoes of the Kantian Mode of Conception
V World Conceptions of Scientific Factuality
VI Modern Idealistic World Conceptions
VII Modern Man and His World Conception
VIII A Brief Outline of an Approach to Anthroposophy

Alphabetical Index

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.

Additional information

Weight 28 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1.1 × 8.5 in

LoC Cat#



August 1973






CW 18