Foreword by Sergei O. Prokofieff Part I: Sergei O. Prokofieff RUDOLF STEINER'S PATH OF INITIATION AND THE MYSTERY OF THE EGO Lecture held in Bologna on 31 March 2011 during the International Conference to mark the Centenary of Rudolf Steiner's Lecture in Bologna Part II: Rudolf Steiner THE FOUNDATIONS OF ANTHROPOSOPHICAL METHODOLOGY 1. Lecture held in Bologna on 8 April 1911 at the Fourth International Philosophy Conference The Psychological Foundations of Anthroposophy and its Standpoint in Relation to the Theory of Knowledge A Spiritual-Scientific Mode of Perception Based upon Potential Psychological Facts The Experiences of the Spiritual Researcher and the Theory of Knowledge 2. Two Summaries of Essential Points from the Lecture in Bologna Theosophy and Modern Cultural Life A Statement about Theosophy at the Fourth International Philosophy Conference Notes Bibliography
SERGEI O. PROKOFIEFF, born in Moscow in 1954, studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. He encountered anthroposophy in his youth, and soon made the decision to devote his life to it. He has been active as an author and lecturer since 1982, and in 1991 he co-founded the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In Easter 2001 he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach. He is the author of numerous books available in many languages throughout the world. RUDOLF STEINER (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking. From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.