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Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy - Volume 1 - 9 Rudolf Steiner lecturesWaldorf Education and Anthroposophy - Volume 1
Public Lectures 1921-22
9 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by René Querido

Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy - Volume 1 is the first of two previously un-translated volumes of Rudolf Steiner's public lectures on Waldorf education. Readers familiar with Steiner's lectures for teachers will discover here how Steiner presented his ideas to the general public with surprising directness. Teaching, Steiner says, should be artistic, creative, and improvisational, not dogmatic. Yet he is clear that the great battle concerns the spiritual nature of the child. Other themes include understanding the role of health and illness in education, as well as repeated expositions of the three major phases in child development: imitation, authority, and freedom. There are also two lectures Steiner gave in England on Shakespeare and on new ideals in education.

Lecture Titles are:

    • Spiritual Science and the Great Questions of our Present Civilization
    • Education and Practical Life from the Perspective of Spiritual Science
    • Knowledge of Health and Illness in Education
    • The Fundamentals of Waldorf Education
    • Educational Methods Based on Anthroposophy - Part 1
    • Educational Methods Based on Anthroposophy - Part 2
    • Education and Drama
    • Shakespeare and the New Ideals
    • Synopsis of a lecture from the "French Course"

Trans. unknown
9 lectures, 1921 - 1922, GA304
Anthroposophic Press
256pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 387 6

See also: Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy - Volume 2


Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

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