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The Stages of Higher Knowledge

Die Stufen der höheren Erkenntnis (1905 – 1908)

this short book is a sequel to «Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment». The contents first appeared in 1905 in the magazine Lucifer-Gnosis. Later, it was republished in book form. Major divisions of this book deal with Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition. These three terms have a special significance as indicated by the author and should not be understood as identical with commonly-used words with which they might be confused.


  • The Stages of Higher Knowledge
  • Imagination
  • Inspiration
  • Inspiration and Intuition


  • Rudolf Steiner: The Stages of Higher Knowledge, translated by Lisa Monges and Floyd McKnight, CW 12, Anthroposophic Press 1967


Original editions

  • Die Stufen der höheren Erkenntnis, in: Lucifer-Gnosis, Nr. 29 - 35, Oktober 1905 - Mai 1908, in Commission bei Max Altmann, Leipzig pdf (1905)
  • Die Stufen der höheren Erkenntnis pdf (1908)
  • Die Stufen der höheren Erkenntnis pdf (1909)
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