Goethe’s World View

by Rudolf Steiner

Translated by William Lindeman

Mercury Press, 1992                                Out of Print
163 pages; paperback; $14
ISBN: 093613271X





Description

Active reading of this book can heal the mind/body split that has tormented thinking people for centuries. It shows that my ideas belong not only to me but also to the world I perceive with my physical senses. “Whoever lives the true life in the world of ideas, feels working in himself the being of the world in a warmth that cannot be compared to anything else (p. 163).”

Contents

Preface to the New Edition, 1918 ................. ... ......... .... ........ ...... ...... 1

Preface to the First Edition, 1897 .............. ................ ....... ................ 2

Introduction .............. .................................. ...... .. ........ ...................... 7

I. Goethe's Place in the Development of Western Thought

   Goethe and Schiller .......... .......................... .......... ................ ... ....... 1 0

   The Platonic World View .......... .............. ........... .... .. .. ..... .. ............. 14

   The Consequences of the Platonic World View .......... ................... 21

   Goethe and the Platonic World View ........... .. .. .... .......... ................ 31

   Personality and World View .. .......... ...... ............ .... .......... ... ....... ... .45

   The Metamorphosis of World Phenomena .......... .... .. ...... ... .. .......... 57 

II. Goethe's View on the Nature and Development of Living Beings 

   Metamorphosis .. ....... .. ... ................................ ................ .. ............... 74 

III. The Contemplation of the World of Colors

   The Phenomena of the World of Colors ............... .. .......... ... ..... .... 11 7 

IV. Thoughts about the Developmental History of the Phenomena of Earth and Air

   Thoughts about the Developmental History of the Earth ..... ........ 142

   Observations about Atmospheric Phenomena .... ...... ............ .... .... 148

V. Goethe and Hegel ................................. .................................. 151

Epilogue to the New Edition of 1918 .... ..... .. ......... .... ........... ... 155