Intuition, 詩書坊



作者 Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian
Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar
and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar,
known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the
twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach
to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his
spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to
use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research,
and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic
approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education,
education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded
the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He
died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Rudolf Steiner draws a clear distinction between the spiritual meaning of the
word Intuition and its conventional definition. As the highest form of spiritual
perception, Intuition is existentially significant for our process of knowing.
Through systematic self-training, we can develop thinking into an intuitive
“organ” through which spirit can be understood and penetrated consciously.
Intuition can reveal the essence of spirit and the processes through which human
beings and the world manifest, as well as events in our life after death.  

In his later works, Steiner spoke of Intuition as a form of suprasensory knowledge
that is able to provide direct insight into ordinary, practical life as exemplified
in his commentaries on geometry, architecture, education, medicine, eurythmy,
painting, and the social organization.  

The concept of Intuition is fundamental to Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual philosophy.
It denotes a clear, pure mode of comprehension akin to a mathematical concept.
We encounter this in Steiner’s earliest writings on Goethe, in the development
of his philosophical ideas, and in his numerous lectures and addresses. Ably
compiled and introduced by Edward de Boer, this volume clarifies a concept
that evolved in Steiner’s thinking. By following the idea of Intuition in its
gradual transformation and amplification throughout Steiner’s life of writing
and lecturing, this book offers not only inspiring paths to spiritual knowledge,
but also insights into how Anthroposophy developed. 

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Edward de Boer

1. The Perceptive Power of Judgment—Goethe’s Intuition
2. Moral Intuition—Experiencing Thinking
3. The Human Being—Intuition as a Bridge to the Spirit
4. The Schooling Path—Spiritual Development and the Power of Intuition
5. Intuition Exercises
6. Three Stages of Consciousness—Intuition in Relation to Imagination and Inspiration
7. Knowledge of Destiny—Intuition and Repeated Earth Lives
8. Intuition in Practice—Examples from Various Specialist Fields


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