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Rudolf Steiner: Bibliography

Books on Goethe’s Way of Science and on Epistemology

Nature’s Open Secret: Introduction to Goethe’s Scientific Writings

These essays, written between 1883 and 1897, are still among the most penetrating elucidations of Goethe’s scientific approach.

Translated by John Barnes and Mado Spiegler (Great Barrington, MA: Anthroposophic Press, 2000); German Bibl. Nr. 1.

Goethe’s World View

In this book Steiner places Goethe’s world view within the context of the history of philosophy and discusses Goethe’s scientific approach.

Translated by William Lindeman (Spring Valley, NY: Mercury Press, 1992); originally published in German in 1897; Bibl. Nr. 6.

The Science of Knowing: Outline of an Epistemology Implicit in the Goethean World View.

This was Steiner’s first book and a precursor to his Philosophy of Freedom (see below). Beyond foundational epistemology it considers the difference between the sciences of the inorganic and organic.

Translated by William Lindeman (Spring Valley, NY: Mercury Press, 1988); originally published in German in 1886; Bibl. Nr. 2.

The Philosophy of Freedom

In this book Steiner develops his monistic (“one-world”) epistemology and shows its consequences for philosophy, science, and human action.

Originally published in German in 1894 (Bibl. Nr. 4), this book has been translated into English a number of times under different titles:

  • The Philosophy of Freedom, translated by Michael Wilson (London: Rudolf Steiner Press, 2000).
  • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity, translated by Rita Stebbing (London: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1993).
  • Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path, translated by Michael Lipson (Great Barrington, MA: Anthroposophic Press, 1995).

To find out more about the German originals (in German) go to:

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