This series of lectures provides the basis for an entirely new psychology. The first four lectures give a precise, dynamic understanding of the human soul in relation to the activity of the senses and to the subtle processes that make up the human being on Earth. The next four lectures focus on what we can know of the human soul based on direct observation alone. No theorizing takes place. To show what we can know of soul life through the immediacy of engaged observation of oneself and others, Rudolf Steiner refrains from using his own higher capacities of clairvoyance to form a picture of our soul life. The concluding lectures portray the relationship of soul life to spirit life, showing us how to awaken individual spirit life and how to distinguish between illusory and genuine spiritual experiences.
Presented more than a century ago, we might be tempted to think that, insofar as psychology is concerned, the content of these lectures is outdated. It is also tempting to think that, because Steiner is not usually associated with the founders of modern psychology, his efforts must be considered, at best, an interesting aside. On the contrary, these lectures are actually a wellspring for the true stream of psychology, as the term itself means “soul study.”
A Psychology of Body, Soul, and Spirit will be of interest to anyone interested in deeper understanding psychology, as well as by those interested in inner development. Whether we are involved in education, medicine, art, drama, economics, or business, the perspectives contained in this book have the potential to restore the frequently missing element of soul in psychology today.
Dr. Robert Sardello’s in-depth introduction places Steiner’s lectures in the context of modern life and psychology and provides insights into how to read and use this text for inner development and a deeper understanding of spiritual science.
Introduction by Robert Sardello
I ― “Anthroposophy” (Oct. 23–27, 1909)
1. The Human being and the Senses
2. Supersensible Processes in the Human Senses
3. The Higher Senses, inner Forces, and Creative Principles in the Human Organism
4. Supersensible Currents, Group Soul, and the I in Human Beings and Animals
II ― “Psychosophy” (Nov. 1–4, 1910)
1. Aspects of Soul Life
2. The Activities of Human Soul Forces
3. The Senses, Feeling, and Aesthetic Judging
4. Consciousness and Soul Life
III ― “Pneumatosophy” (Dec. 12–16, 1911)
1. Franz Brentano and Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Spirit
2. Truth and Error in Light of the Spiritual World
3. Imagination–Imagination; Inspiration–Self-Fulfillment; Intuition–Conscience
4. Nature, the Evolution of Consciousness, and Reincarnation
A previous translation of these lectures was published as Anthroposophy, Psychosophy, Pneumatosophy and as Wisdom of Man, of the Soul, and of the Spirit. This volume is a translation from German of Anthroposophie, Psychosophie, Pneumatosophie (GA 115)