1879-83 Vienna

Studied at the Technical College, Vienna, initially with the aim of of becoming a secondary school teacher. Main subjects: mathematics, physics, botany, zoology, chemistry, and besides this literature, history and philosophy.




On the recomendation of the Professor of German literature and Goethe specialist, Karl Julius Schröer, was invited to edit Goethe’s scientific works in Kürschner’s “Deutscher National-Literatur”.
Treatise on “The Only Possible Critique of Atomistic Concepts.” Steiner later calls this the basic nerve of his research.




Private teacher in the home of a Viennese businessman, Ladislaus Specht. There he also meets the family’s doctor, a famous Viennese internist who is considered to have paved the way for psychoanalysis, Josef Breuer. Steiner’s first volume of Goethe’s scientific writings appears. Volumes II-IV follow between 1887 and 1897.

Friendship with the poet and later feminist Rosa Mayreder (Kritik der Weiblichkeit) and Friedrich Eckstein (later Anton Bruckner’s secretary and biographer). Correspondence with the philosopher Eduard von Hartmann. In addition to working on the Goethe edition, numerous articles for various encyclopedias (such as Pierer’s Konversations-Lexikon) on behalf of Joseph Kürschner.


First book, The Science of Knowing. Weimar Archives director Erich Schmidt invites him to contribute to the Sophien edition of Goethe’s works. Treatise on “Nature and Our Ideals.”



Editor of a Viennese weekly, Deutsche Wochenschrift. Numerous articles and commentaries on political events in Austria/Hungary. Lecture on “Goethe as the Father of a New Aesthetics” for Vienna’s Goethe Association.