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The Origins of Natural Science

(CW 326)

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Maria St. Goar Introduction by Owen Barfield

160 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"


9 lectures, Dornach, December 24, 1922 - January 6, 1923 (CW 326)

    • "Modern science, and the scientism based on it, so far from being the only possible 'reality principle' is merely one way of conceiving the nature of reality; a way moreover that has arisen only recently and which there is no reason to supose will last forever." —Owen Barfield (from the introduction)

These talks outline the subtle changes in our ideas and feelings in relation to the development of natural science. Rudolf Steiner shows the significance of scientific research and the mode of thinking that goes with it. As we look at what technology has brought us, we may have a feeling like the pain we feel over the death of a loved one. According to Steiner, this feeling of loss will eventually become our most important stimulation to seek the spirit.


This reprint of the classic edition is translated from the German volume Der Entstehungsmoment der Naturwissenschaft in der Weltgeschichte und ihre seitherige Entwicklung (GA 326).

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