Five Themes: Mind, Life, Self, Truth, & Knowledge

Five Themes: Mind, Life, Self, Truth, & Knowledge is now available in paperback and Kindle editions. AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION How each the whole, its substance gives Each in the other works and lives. —Goethe’s Faust In writing an introduction, the author is charged with an impossible task of attempting to say in the space a several paragraphs that…

Calendar of the Soul XIV

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fourteenth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben Verlor ich Eigenwesens trieb, Gedankentraum, er schien Betäubend mir das Selbst zu rauben, Doch weckend nahet schon Im Sinnenschein mir Weltendenken. ∇∆…

Calendar of the Soul XIII

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Thirteenth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Und bin ich in den Sinneshöhen, So flammt in meinen Seelentiefen Aus Geistes Feuerwelten Der Götter Wahrheitswort: In Geistesgründen suche ahnend Dich geistverwandt zu finden….

“Know Thyself”: Essence and Affordances

Here is your anthropos! The notorious Cynic, Diogenes of Sinope, cried out these words as he cast a plucked chicken onto the floor of the Academy. Following Diogenes’ exclamation, a farcical account of this event presents Plato begrudgingly appending the differentia “…with flat nails” to his provisional definition of the human being as “the featherless…

Philosophy and its Opposite

“All philosophy begins in wonder (θαυμάζειν, thaumazein).” This phrase, resounding from the earliest philosophers of Ancient Greece, describes the original conditions of soul that gave birth to the discipline of philosophy. With the enunciation that all philosophy begins in wonder, these “lovers of wisdom” gave voice to the spirit with which they approached their work….

The New Copernicanism

The threefold relationship between truth, knowledge, and reality is a question at the very heart of philosophy and science. Theoria-press shares the essential concern of these disciplines. To approach this relationship from diverse perspectives has been the motive behind many prior investigations undertaken at Theoria-press, and the same also impels the present consideration. Every soul…

Latent Order and “The Advancement of Learning”

Among the characteristically mystical dicta of Heraclitus which scholars have preserved through the millennia, one may discover the following fragment recorded by the Roman theologian Hippolytus in the third century: Latent order is the master of obvious order. According to the nature of experience in the most basic sense, our knowledge will be the measure…

Calendar of the Soul VIII

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Eighth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Es wächst der Sinne Macht Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen, Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab. Wenn göttlich Wesen Sich…

Reading the World-Word & intellectio divina

In all of your rambling, though you travel every path, you will never reach the boundaries of the soul, so great is its Lógos. When Heraclitus issues the characteristically inspired dictum above, he lends his voice to the Lógos whose order it is that this pre-Socratic Ephesian should be amongst the first to declare it….

Calendar of the Soul V

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fifth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Im Lichte, das aus Geistestiefen Im Raume fruchtbar webend Der Götter Schaffen offenbart: In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen Geweitet zu dem Weltensein Und auferstanden…