FOREWORDThe following remarks formed the content of a lecture I delivered on the 16th of October, 1916, at Liestal. It was, to some extent, a sort of continuation of another lecture, given also at Liestal on the 11th of January, entitled “The Task of Spiritual Science and its Building at Dornach.” My endeavor in both lectures was to designate, as briefly as possible, the ways in which knowledge is gained, which is embodied in the system to which I have given the name “Anthroposophy” or “Spiritual Science.” I also tried to give a short description, derived from this knowledge, concerning the spiritual nature of the human soul and matters connected therewith. I have also alluded, in this lecture, as in others, to the kind of objections raised by many people against spiritual science, when in an anthroposophical setting. These objections often arise in a very peculiar way. They do not consist in first considering what Spiritual Science asserts, and then attacking it, but they consist in setting up a caricature of what Spiritual Science is supposed to say, and then attacking that. In this way we are frequently assailed, not because of the actual objects we had in view, but because of their very opposite, which we never had in mind. This type of opposition usually has no serious intention of really learning to understand what it condemns. In the face of such attacks as these, there is hardly anything to do save continually to strive to present the actual methods and aims of Spiritual Science in an anthroposophical setting from various angles. Concerning certain points therefore this has been done also in the present lecture.Dornach near Basle,
November 1916.Rudolf Steiner.