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Man or Matter

An Introduction to a Spiritual Understanding of Nature on the Basis of Goethe’s Method of Training Observation and Thought (3rd Edition)

Ernst Lehrs Edited by Nick Thomas and Peter Bortoft

560 pp.  

Rudolf Steiner Press




In this third, enlarged edition of Lehrs’ classic study, the reader is led, step by step, to a spiritual-scientific method of investigation. The author demonstrates how one can transcend the boundaries of the physical world to the metaphysical origins of nature and humankind. This is a pioneering new method of training the mind and eye, as well as other human senses, leading to a transformation from our modern “on-looking” consciousness to a new kind of “participative” consciousness.

The beginnings of this method were formulated by Goethe (1749-1832) more than 200 years ago, but his contemporaries offered little in the way of fertile ground for his ideas. It was Rudolf Steiner who recognized the significance of “Goetheanism” for the future development of not only science, but also human culture in general, and who developed Goethe’s work in modern times.

Man or Matter contains the systematic results of the author’s work with the methods of Goethe and Steiner (whom he knew personally). In this unique study, Lehrs addresses himself to anyone—with or without a specialized scientific training—concerned with developing the human power of cognition in the present time.

This revised edition was edited by Nick Thomas and Peter Bortoft.

Related Titles

  • The Nature of Substance : Spirit and Matter
  • The Marriage of Sense and Thought : Imaginative Participation in Science

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Esoteric Studies and Science & Nature: Goethean Studies