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The Social Future
GA 332a

As part of Steiner's intense activity in the social field in 1919, these lectures show that a healthy social organism depends on the separation of the three spheres of society: the cultural sphere including art, science, religion, and education; the legal-political sphere; and the economic sphere. This membering into three spheres will overcome the polarizing tendencies of modern life and make the economy the servant of society rather than its master.

Six lectures by Rudolf Steiner, given at Zurich in October, 1919, with an Introduction by Bernard Behrens in August of 1945. Authorized translation from the German of Notes unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Lectures 1 through 6 from the lecture series: The Social Future. Published in German as: Soziale Zukunft.

I.The Social Question as a Cultural Question, a Question of Equity, and a Question of Economics. October 24, 1919
II.The Organization of a Practical Economic Life on the Associative Basis. Transformation of the Market and Fixing of Prices. Money and Taxation. Credit. October 25, 1919
III.Legal Questions. The Task and the Limitations of Democracy. Public Law. Criminal Law. October 26, 1919
IV.Cultural Questions. Spiritual Science (Art, Science, Religion). The Nature of Education. Social Art. October 28, 1919
V.The Cooperation of the Spiritual, Political, and Economic Departments of Life for the Building Up of a Unified Threefold Social Organism. October 29, 1919
VI.National and International Life in the Threefold Social Organism. October 30, 1919