West and East: Contrasting Worlds – Rudolf Steiner (1930s) (1st ed)


West and East: Contrasting Worlds – Rudolf Steiner (1930s) (1st ed)


Title: West and East: Contrasting Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Marie Steiner (ed.), Olin D. Wannamaker (trans)

Publisher: The Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co and Anthroposophic Press, New York. First edition. No date, research reveals it to be late 1930.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Very good. Slight tear to dust jacket. Foxing to edges but not to text. Binding tight, text clean. 272pp., 9″x6″.

From the preface:

The following lectures were delivered by Rudolf Steiner during the “West-East Congress” of the Anthroposophical Movement in Vienna, in the year 1922. The purposes of this occasion was to show how Anthroposophy, through the methods of spiritual knowledge it develops and the impulses of renewal which issue therefrom for the most diverse spheres of life, can reconcile the great cultural conflict between Western and Eastern humanity, which has grown more and more intense during the last century, the solution of which must be the historic mission of our epoch. Vienna, the central point of a former empire, where the spiritual and national problems of the East and the economic and social problems of the West have long been in contact, and whose mission was, therefore, in special measure to bring about an understanding among peoples, was considered particularly suitable for affording an understanding reception of what was to be presented at this Congress.


Anthroposophy and the Sciences

  1. Anthroposophy and Natural Science
  2. Anthroposophy and Psychology
  3. Anthroposophy and World-Orientation: East – West in History
  4. Anthroposophy and World-Evolution: from a Geographical Standpoint
  5. Anthroposophy and Cosmology

Anthroposophy and Sociology

  1. The Present Age and Its Social Demands
  2. The Present Age and Its Social form: Atlantic and Pacific Culture
  3. The Present Age and Its Social Deficiencies: Asia-Europe
  4. The Present Age and Its Social Hopes: Europe-America
  5. The Cardinal Points of the Social Question

Vienna Days by Albert Steffen

Extract from the Report of Rudolf Steiner on the Vienna Congress

West-East Aphorisms by Rudolf Steiner

About Rudolf Steiner (from Wikipedia):

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, esotericist, and claimed clairvoyant. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.

In the first, more philosophically oriented phase of this movement, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and spirituality. His philosophical work of these years, which he termed “spiritual science”, sought to apply the clarity of thinking characteristic of Western philosophy to spiritual questions, differentiating this approach from what he considered to be vaguer approaches to mysticism. In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of the Goetheanum, a cultural centre to house all the arts. In the third phase of his work, beginning after World War I, Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual approach. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s world view, in which “Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.” A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.