Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul


Northern Hemisphere
Week 12

The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 38

The spirit child within my soul
I feel freed of enchantment.
In heart-high gladness has
The holy cosmic Word engendered
The heavenly fruit of hope,
Which grows rejoicing into worlds afar
Out of my being's godly roots.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Riddles of Philosophy
GA 18

This volume is a translation of Die Rätsel der Philosophie (Vol. 18 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961).

This translation has been authorized for the Western Hemisphere by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

The full title of this book is, The Riddles of Philosophy Presented in an Outline of Its History. It is not a “history of philosophy,” although the approach is historical. It is a review of historical and present-day world conceptions. Originally, this work appeared in two volumes in the German language. The first English edition appeared in 1973 and is bound as one volume.

Together with Truth and Science and The Philosophy of Freedom, it could be considered as one third of a philosophical trilogy.

 Cover Sheet  
 Preface to the 1923 Edition  
 Preface to the 1918 Edition  
 Preface to the 1914 Edition  
IGuiding Thoughts on the Method of Presentation  
IIThe World Conception of the Greek Thinkers  
IIIThought Life from the Beginning of the Christian Era to John Scotus Erigena  
IVThe World Conceptions of the Middle Ages  
VThe World Conceptions of the Modern Age of Thought Evolution  
VIThe Age of Kant and Goethe  
VIIThe Classics of World and Life Conception  
VIIIReactionary World Conceptions  
IXThe Radical World Conceptions  
 Introductory Remarks to the 1914 Edition  
IThe Struggle Over the Spirit  
IIDarwinism and World Conception  
IIIThe World as Illusion  
IVEchoes of the Kantian Mode of Conception  
VWorld Conceptions of Scientific Factuality  
VIModern Idealistic World Conceptions  
VIIModern Man and His World Conception  
VIIIA Brief Outline of an Approach to Anthroposophy  

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