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The Science of Knowing
GA 2

This edition of The Science of Knowing is a new translation of ‘Grundlinien einer Erkenntnistheorie der Goetheschen Weltanschauung mit besonderer Rücksicht auf Schiller’ (Bibliographie No. 2), 7th edition GAS 1979, published by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. Translation from the original German by William Lindeman. Another translation is available under the title A Theory of Knowledge, published by the Anthroposophic Press.

Cover design and lettering by Peter Stebbing. Cover form by Rudolf Steiner.

A. Preliminary Questions

  1. The Point of Departure
  2. The Science of Goethe According to the Method of Schiller
  3. The Task of Science

B. Experience

  1. Definition of the Concept of Experience
  2. An Indication as to the Content of Experience
  3. Correction of an Erroneous Conception of Experience s a Whole
  4. Calling upon the Experience of Every Single Reader

C. Thought

  1. Thinking as a Higher Experience within Experience
  2. Thinking and Consciousness
  3. The Inner Nature of Thinking

D. Science

  1. Thought and Perception
  2. Intellect and Reason
  3. The Act of Knowing
  4. The Ground of Things and the Activity of Knowing

E. The Activity of Knowing Nature

  1. Inorganic Nature
  2. Organic Nature

F. The Humanities

  1. Introduction: Spirit and Nature
  2. Psychological Knowing Activity
  3. Human Spiritual Activity (Freiheit)
  4. Optimism and Pessimism

G. Conclusion

  1. The Activity of Knowing and Artistic Creativity