Chadwick Library Edition

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The Riddles of Philosophy and The Threshold of the Spiritual World

Thomas O’Keefe and Michael Arlen Davis

The two newest Chadwick volumes are now available and provide new or thoroughly revised translations of these written works of Rudolf Steiner. 

In The Riddles of Philosophy, Rudolf Steiner identifies and approaches the various streams of human thought through the Goethean lens of archetypal qualities:

The history of the philosophical development of humanity furnishes proof of the existence of objective spiritual impulses that are entirely independent of the human being, and which continue to evolve over the course of time. 

As Dr. Steiner expands, the history of philosophy can appear on the one hand as the revelation of “objective spiritual impulses” holding sway “under the surface of external history” – that is, something objective coming to expression through individual human beings. On the other, however, it is also the expression of “what the human personality can fashion out of itself by unfolding its own archetypal forces” – that is, something “subjective,” so to speak, and fundamentally rooted in the essence of the human personality. 

This view that sees the human as fundamentally related to the objective spiritual impulses of world evolution allows for each individuality to reach beyond his or her own subjectivity and participate in this timeless pursuit of understanding through his or her own unique expression.

In the second volume of this work, Dr. Steiner shows how a bridge can be found between the cognitive strivings of recent philosophers and the intensification of thinking activity which can lead to an awareness or experience of that which he designates as suprasensory.

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     The Threshold of the Spiritual World is one of Rudolf Steiner’s most intimate and accessible works. It provides “aphoristic contemplations” and insight into the essence of meditative activity. 

     Among these contemplations we find characterizations of the “true I,” the soul’s capacity to love, and indications about aspects of the origin of good and evil.

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On the Chadwick Library Edition

The Chadwick Library Edition is an endeavor to republish—mostly in new or thoroughly revised English translations—a number of the written works of Rudolf Steiner. The Edition is named after the late horticulturist Alan Chadwick, whose life and work has served as inspiration to the small group from whence the idea originated. 

There are several goals to this Edition:

* to publish hardcover English translations in a form that enables the books to become family keepsakes, worthy of being passed from generation to generation;

* to create books that are comfortable in the hand and to the eye;

* to arrange the pagination and typography in a way that facilitates ease of reading and encourages the words to lift off the page to the reader;

* to provide translations that achieve a balance between literal faithfulness and fluidity in the interpretation from German to English;

* to publish three books at a time, in several intervals over the course of the next two years, for a total of 12 to 15 titles by the end of 2020.

The second series of Chadwick books, now available, includes The Riddles of Philosophy Presented in an Outline of Their History (in two volumes), translated by Fritz C. A. Koelln and substantially revised by David W. Wood, and The Threshold of the Spiritual World, translated by Thomas O’Keefe.

 The first three volumes of the series are also available now: The Case for Anthroposophy, fragments of Riddles of the Soul, translated and introduced by Owen Barfield (CW 21); Goethean Science: Introductions to Goethe’s Natural-Scientific Writings, translated by William Lindeman (CW 1); and Mystics at the Dawn of the Modern Age and Their Relation to the Natural-Scientific Paradigm, translated by Karl E. Zimmer and revised by Jon McAlice and Thomas O’Keefe (CW 7). 

Proposed future volumes include: A Path to Self-Knowledge; Theosophy; How Does One Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds?; Christianity as Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity; An Outline of Esoteric Science (in three volumes); and two additional books, most likely The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity and Goethe’s Theory of Knowledge