Austrian philosopher, playwright, and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) is perhaps best known as an educational philosopher and reformer, the founder of Steiner (or Waldorf) schools located around the world. These schools' philosophy represents the priorities Steiner discusses in Theosophy: the development of body, soul, and spirit. Goethe was an important influence on Steiner, and he edited the poet's scientific works (1889-1896). Steiner was an active member and leader of the German branch of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical Society, eventually broke away from theosophy, as he developed his own spiritual philosophy termed 'anthroposophy'; this philosophical movement asserted the potential of realizing a spiritual reality through cognition. This 1910 translation by Elizabeth Douglas Shields is of the book's third German edition; it was first published in 1904. This work will be of particular interest to historians of philosophy, of spiritual movements and of education.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowlege Series|
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Table of Contents
Translator's foreword Elizabeth Douglas Shields; Preface to the first edition; Preface to the third edition; Introduction; Part I. The Constitution of the Human Being: 1. The corporeal being of man; 2. The soul being of man; 3. The spiritual being of man; 4. Body, soul, and spirit; Part II. Re-Embodiment of the Spirit and Destiny, or Re-Incarnation and Karma; Part III. The Three Worlds: 1. The soul world; 2. The soul in the soul world after death; 3. The spiritland; 4. The spirit in the spiritland after death; 5. The physical world and its connection with the soul and spiritlands; 6. Thought forms and the human aura; Part IV. The Path of Knowledge; Notes and amplifications.
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