Independently published

Cosmology, Religion, and Philosophy

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ISBN: 9781162595382
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: 2010-09-10
Number of pages: 90
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Rudolf Steiner formed his philosophical ideas around the concept of Anthroposophy. Interestingly, the word Anthroposophy is an amalgamation of the Greek terms (anthropos = "human") and (sophia = "wisdom"). An early English usage was recorded by Nathan Bailey (1742) as meaning "the knowledge of the nature of man." Authors whose usage of the term predates Steiner's include occultist Agrippa von Nettesheim, alchemist Thomas Vaughan (Anthroposophia Theomagica), and philosopher Robert Zimmermann. Dr. Steiner’s Anthroposophy postulates the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world that is accessible by direct experience through inner development. His Spiritual Science aims to develop faculties of perceptive imagination, inspiration, and intuition by cultivating a form of thinking independent of sensory experience. However, a central theme to all Dr. Steiner’s spiritual writing is that the results derived by any investigation of Spiritual Science must be in a manner subject to rational verification. Dr. Steiner’s Anthroposophy aims to study the spiritual experience with the precision and clarity of the natural sciences. The philosophy has double roots in German idealism and German mysticism and was initially expressed in language drawn from Theosophy (divine wisdom). Steiner began using the term in the early 1900s as an alternative to the term Theosophy, a term central to the Theosophical Society, which Steiner was associated with at the time, eventually writing a book simple titled “Theosophy.” Dr. Steiner probably first encountered the word "anthroposophy" in the work of Zimmermann, who lectured at the University he attended as a student. In “Cosmology, Religion, and Philosophy,” Dr. Steiner opens the lecture series with a lecture titled “Three Steps of Anthroposophy” The three concepts discussed are Cosmology, Religion, and Philosophy. In the first chapter or lecture Rudolf Steiner states: “The student of the world of the senses directs his science to outward things, to results; but the student of the spirit pursues science as a preparation of vision. And when vision begins, science must already have fulfilled its mission. If you like to call your vision 'clairvoyance' it is at any rate, an 'exact clairvoyance'. The science of the spirit begins where that of the senses ends. Above all, the research student of the spirit must have based his whole method of thought for the newer Science on the one he applied to the world of the senses.” Dr. Steiner wrote these words around the same time that Albert Einstein published his theories on Relativity. It must have been an exciting time to be a philosopher or a physicist. A hundred years later we can see the results of their efforts. Today at the European Organization for Nuclear Research C.E.R.N., physicists have completed the “Standard Model” having found the God Particle and are rebuilding their accelerator in an attempt to isolate the energy driving the mystical arts – Dark Energy, called Prana in Dr. Steiner’s day, called Subtle Energy in today’s world). Should Dr. Steiner’s work be verified (that is, his scientific approach to Spiritual Science being carried out at C.E.R.N.) the world will change forever. Giving Dr. Steiner’s Spiritual Science a mathematical formula will make good intentions a basis for action in the physical world and a new era of peace, healing, and prosperity will issue forth.

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