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The Anthroposophic Movement - Rudolf SteinerThe Anthroposophic Movement

Eight lectures by Rudolf Steiner

The Anthroposophic Movement lectures by Rudolf Steiner convey an historic view of how the anthroposophic movement came into existence, tracing its early development within the framework of the Theosophical Society and leading ultimately to its own independent existence and the founding of its own organisational instrument, the Anthroposophical Society.

In the last decades of the nineteenth century, a yearning for spiritual nourishment arose within European souls, so that the artistic works of Richard Wagner and the writings of Madame H. P. Blavatsky, among others, became popular. Organisations such as the Giordano Bruno League and the Theosophical Society subsequently appeared, and within these surroundings the anthroposophic movement came into being.

Rudolf Steiner traces the growth of the anthroposophic movement and shows that by remaining true to its original impulse and purpose it was able gradually to gain in strength. He also outlines the path of the Theosophical Society and, in clear dispassionate tones, shows how the two movements were able to work together before moving towards an unavoidable separation.

This book is an important work for those interested in the history of, and the impulse behind, the anthroposophic movement; to those seeking insights into an important stage in the history of the Mysteries; and for those who wish to know more of the life and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.

Rudolf Steiner Press
8 lectures, Dornach, 10-17 June 1923, GA258
133pp; paperback
ISBN 1-85584-009-X


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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking.

From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.


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The Anthroposophic Movement - Rudolf Steiner - GA 258