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Early Writings on Goethe

Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften / Grundlinien einer Erkenntnistheorie

The first volume of this critical edition of writings by Rudolf Steiner features some of the earliest publications of the founder of anthroposophy. These texts document Steiner’s attempt to reconstruct the epistemological and scientific principles, which ‒ in Steiner’s view ‒ guided Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s efforts in the field of natural science. In light of Steiner’s interpretation, Goethe’s efforts in this area appear as a progressive and forward-looking approach to the understanding of life, grounded in sound scientific methodology and philosophy, and at the same time deeply spiritual in nature.

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