Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 26

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will's fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 52

When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven's distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit's being with our human life.

—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.

Introduction
Preface to the 1923 Edition
Preface to the 1918 Edition
Preface to the 1914 Edition
PART I
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
PART II
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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