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Foreword 9

Prologue 11

Part One: The Development of the Rudolf Steiner Movement

1. ‘Must I Remain Silent?’ A Life of Rudolf Steiner 16

The first seven years (1861-1868)

Seven to fourteen (1868-1875)

Fourteen to twenty-one (1875-1882)

Twenty-one to twenty-eight (1882-1889)

Twenty-eight to thirty-five (1889-1896)

Thirty-five to forty-two (1896-1903)

The Anthroposophical Years (c. 1903-30 March 1925)

2. The Establishment of the Movement 41

The phase of charismatic leadership

The phase of schisms


3. How the Movement is Organised 60

The School of Spiritual Science and the 'First Class'

The National Anthroposophical Societies

The Camphill communities

The Christian Community

The two Goetheanums

Part Two: Thought and Deed in Anthroposophy

4. Meditations and Applications 86

The path of knowledge


Arts and Education

The Threefold Commonwealth

5. Man Today, Karma and the Macrocosm 105

The nature of man today

Karma and repeated earth lives

The macrocosm


6. The Evolution of the Macrocosm 122









Part Three: Gnosis in the West or the Western ‘Esoteric Tradition’

7. From Gnosticism to Rosicrucianism 141


Hermeticism, Kabbalism, Alchemy and Rosicrucianism

8. Modernity and Gnosis 161

Gnosis containing modernity

Modernity containing gnosis

The influence of the East

Part Four: Different Perspectives

9. Interpretive Visions 182

The gnostic reduction of the social to spirit

Reduction of spirit to society in the social sciences

Social evolutionism

The spiritual, changes in collective consciousness and Western gnosticism

10. Western Orthodoxy, Mysticism and Gnosis 198

Gnosticism, Catholic orthodoxy and Neoplatonism

The Renaissance and Reformation

Modernity, Gnosticism and Mysticism

Appendix: Some Ways In 214

Eighteen convergencies towards Anthroposophy

How did people become Anthroposophists?

Notes 224

Tables 242

Bibliography 247

Index 262




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