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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Rudolf Steiner: Selected full-text books and articles

Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey By 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 By 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?' By Dugan, Dan; Daar, Judy Free Inquiry, Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring 1994
The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture By Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal Cornell University Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Chap. Six "Anthroposophy in Russia"
Tracing the Origin of Rudolf Steiner's Pedagogy of Imagination By Nielsen, Thomas; Smith, Julia History of Education Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, January 2007
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