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Human and Cosmic Thought

(CW 151)

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Charles Davy

72 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Rudolf Steiner Press




4 lectures, Berlin, Jan. 20-23, 1914 (CW 151)

Rudolf Steiner demonstrates that there are twelve main philosophical standpoints, and that the future of philosophy rests not upon defending one and refuting the others, but in learning to experience the validity of them all. What convinces us of the truth of a certain point of view? Why do we find it difficult to comprehend viewpoints that differ from our own? What are the inner foundations of our knowledge?

In these concentrated and aphoristic lectures, Steiner speaks of twelve main philosophical standpoints and the importance of understanding each of them. An appreciation of the variety of possible worldviews not only sharpens and makes our own powers of thinking more flexible, but also helps us to overcome narrow-minded biases while promoting tolerance of others and receptivity to their views.

Steiner explains how each viewpoint is colored by a particular "soul mood" that influences the way we pursue knowledge. Several philosophers and their works are characterized in this sense to shed light on their contributions to human culture. Through insight into the true nature of human thinking, we are led to understand the quality of cosmic thought and how, as Rudolf Steiner’s tells us, human beings can be seen as thoughts that are thought by the cosmic hierarchies.


This volume is a translation from German of Der menschliche und der kosmische Gedanke (GA 151).

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