Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (rōō´dôlf shtīn´ər), 1861–1925, German occultist and social philosopher. He was a leader in the founding of the German Theosophic Association (see theosophy). In time he abandoned theosophy and developed a distinctive philosophy which he called anthroposophy; this philosophy attempts to explain the world in terms of man's spiritual nature, or thinking independent of the senses. Translations of his works include Investigations in Occultism (1920) and Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (1922). He also wrote many works on Goethe.

See his autobiography (rev. tr. 1951, repr. 1970).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Modern Esoteric Spirituality
Antoine Faivre; Jacob Needleman; Karen Voss.
Crossroad, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy"
Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey
Joy A. Palmer; Liora Bresler; David E. Cooper.
Routledge, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Rudolf Steiner 1861-1925" begins on p. 187
A Choice for Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America's Schools
Carlos A. Bonilla; Alan Bonsteel.
ICS Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 22 "A Renaissance Man: Rudolf Steiner and the Waldorf Movement"
Are Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf Schools 'Non-Sectarian?'
Dugan, Dan; Daar, Judy.
Free Inquiry, Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring 1994
The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture
Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal.
Cornell University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Anthroposophy in Russia"
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