Sample records for anthroposophy

  1. 'ZANDER, Helmut, Anthroposophie in Deutschland, Theosophische Weltanschauung und gesellschaftliche Praxis 1884-1945'


    Georget, Jean-Louis


    Le livre de H.Z. fait date en établissant les conditions de l’émergence et du développement de la théosophie, puis de l’anthroposophie dans un opus magistral de plus de 1800 pages, issu de sa thèse d’habilitation et de nombre de travaux qu’il a consacrés au sujet pendant des années. Dans le premier tome, les dix-neuf chapitres décrivent avec minutie la nébuleuse des associations théosophiques allemandes. L’auteur s’attache à leur histoire et à leur enracinement national et international. Il a...

  2. Anthroposophy in Denmark

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    Dybdal, René


    The Anthroposophical worldview has had an significant impact on a range of initiatives and institutions within esoteric thinking in many western countries during teh 20th Century - which is also the case in Denmark. This article gives a brief review over the development of Anthroposophical Societ...

  3. Zum Studium der Anthroposophie


    Schlüter, Martin


    Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe und Rudolf Steiner haben beide auf verschiedenen Wegen eine Denkungsart entwickelt, deren Quelle diese Anschauungskraft ist. Eine Denkungsart, die nicht dabei stehenbleibt über die Dinge und Wesen nachzudenken, sondern die sie vielmehr in Gedankenform erstehen und so ihr Wesen unmittelbar erlebbar werden lässt. Goethe wandte sich dabei den Naturreichen zu und gestaltete seine ‚gegenständliche' Denkungsart zu einer naturwissenschaftlichen Methode aus, die er für weit ...

  4. Reconciling scientific approaches for organic farming research

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    Baars, T.


    Part I : Reflection on research methods in organic grassland and animal production at the Louis Bolk Institute, The Netherlands

    Key words: organic agriculture, anthroposophy, methodology, research strategy, experiential science,

  5. Spurensuche


    Schwarz, Werner


    Spurensuche : Rudolf Steiner, d. Anthroposophie u. deren Folgen (mit Auswahlbibliogr. lieferbarer Literatur zum Themenkreis Waldorfkindergarten). - In: Festschrift zur Eröffnung des Waldorfkindergartens Augsburg-Land. - Neusäß, 1993. - S. 22-26

  6. Parenting as a Vocation: Lifelong Learning Can Begin in the Home. (United States)

    Stehlik, Tom


    Reviews theories of adult learning over the lifespan grounded in anthroposophy, the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf Schools. Examines parenting as a vocation through this perspective and the implications for the learning needs of parents. (Contains 35 references.) (SK)

  7. Marie von Sivers : ihr emanzipativer Lebensentwurf und ihre Verbindung mit Rudolf Steiner vor dem Hintergrund des Modells der Kameradschaftsehe

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    Brandt, Katrin


    Many popular fields, such as Waldorf school education, anthroposophical medicine (Weleda) and “biodynamic” farming (Demeter), have made anthroposophy widely accepted in society, beyond its own ideological boundaries, as a religious and lifestyle trend. Interest is usually centred on Rudolf Steiner

  8. Creativity and Waldorf Education: A Study. (United States)

    Ogletree, Earl J.

    This paper discusses the comparative philosophical tenets and practices of Germany's Waldorf and state schools with regard to the creativity thinking ability of students. Waldorf schools, developed some 70 years ago, are based on the philosophy of creative idealism known as anthroposophy. A study of 1165 third through sixth grade children from…

  9. Anthroposophical Reflections on Basic Income

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    Christensen, Erik; Birnbaum, Simon


    In the 1930s Danish author and painter Johannes Hohlenberg (1881-1960) published several essays in defense of an unconditional income for all. These original writings, strongly influenced by Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy, are not widely known. This article makes two of Hohlenberg's essays...

  10. Biologisch-dynamische Forschung zwischen "wissenschaftlicher Weltsicht" und "Ideologie"


    Eysel, Georg


    Der Beitrag zeigt den Konflikt zwischen "wertefreier" Wissenschaft und "ganzheitlicher" Forschung auf. Ein Zusammenspiel bio-dynamischer Forschung und der Anthroposophie mit anderen Disziplinen könnte einen Beitrag zu einem neuen Wissenschaftsbegriff mit umfassender Weltanschauung leisten. Dialog, Verständnis, Toleranz, Offenheit, kritisches Hinterfragen und Mut zur sinnvollen Anpassung sind dafür notwendige Schritte.

  11. Teacher Training in Curative Education. (United States)

    Juul, Kristen D.; Maier, Manfred


    This article considers the application of the philosophical and educational principles of Rudolf Steiner, called "anthroposophy," to the training of teachers and curative educators in the Waldorf schools. Special emphasis is on the Camphill movement which focuses on therapeutic schools and communities for children with special needs. (DB)

  12. The Waldorf Curriculum as a Framework for Moral Education: One Dimension of a Fourfold System. (United States)

    Armon, Joan

    This paper examines moral education as a holistic structure that evolves from the interplay between the educational applications of anthroposophy, students' developmental needs, the curriculum, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner, and teachers' roles in fashioning the curriculum. The methodology draws upon the qualitative research paradigm of…

  13. International Survey of the Status of Waldorf Schools. (United States)

    Ogletree, Earl J.

    This international survey study was the first to examine the Waldorf School movement worldwide and focused on the teaching practices, curricula, educational outcomes, and positive program features of Waldorf schools, as well as problems encountered by Waldorf staff. The role of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy, anthroposophy, and its esoteric aspects…

  14. [Visualisation methods for etheric formative forces]. (United States)

    Burkhard, B; Kittel, R


    Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, suggested the development of visualisation methods for "etheric formative forces". The essential methods, their "spiritual scientific" basis and indications are described and their claims critically tested. The methods are not validated, the key criteria for diagnostic tests (reproducibility, sensitivity, specifity) are not given.

  15. Recherches sur les courants ésotériques occidentaux modernes


    Faivre, Antoine


    Conférences de la première heure Elles ont porté principalement sur deux ouvrages récents relevant de la spécialité. Le premier, de Helmut Zander (Anthroposophie in Deutschland. Theosophische Weltanschauung und gesellschaftliche Praxis 1884‑1945, 2 vol., Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2007), fort documenté, nous a donné l’occasion de faire le point sur l’état actuel de la recherche en matière d’Anthroposophie steinerienne et de Société Théosophique. Mais nous avons commenté surtout un sous...

  16. Análise de bibliografias antroposóficas de Rudolf Steiner por meio da metodologia de Benthall para religiões implícitas

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    Fábio Leandro Stern


    Full Text Available This paper aims to discuss anthroposophy, which does not consider itself as a form of religion, but seems to suit some definitions of religion and spirituality prevailing within the academic studies of religion. Using Benthall’s methodology of analysis, it seeks to verify how far anthroposophy would deny its religious dimension, but nevertheless acts socially as a religion, which would characterize it as an implicit religion. Of the nineteen categories of analysis, fifteen were found distributed in the books we surveyed. This case is an example of the decline of the influence of religion in cultural spheres and can be seen as a possible pursuit for social legitimacy in response to a secular society, which treats knowledge derived from religious fields with suspicion.

  17. Místo waldorfské pedagogiky v současném českém školství


    Franko, Radek


    This diploma thesis deals with Waldorf pedagogy. It is divided into five chapters. The first two map the circumstances of Waldorf education and life-shaping the mind constructs its founder Rudolf Steiner. The remaining three chapters answer questions regarding: Waldorf teaching specifics, personality profile Waldorf teachers and planting Czech Waldorf pedagogy in contemporary Czech education stream. Key words anthroposophy, Czech education, Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf school teacher, Waldorf peda...

  18. Spolupráce mezi žáky a učitelem ve waldorfských školách


    Zajíčková, Petra


    The dissertation, divided to two parts - the theoretical one and the empirical one, deals with issues of "Cooperation between pupils and teacher in waldorf schools." The theoretical part describes following fundamental terms from a literature - e.g. what is cooperation, principles of cooprative learning, concepts of waldorf pedagogy, a meaning of waldorf pedagogy, anthroposophy, the main attributes of waldorf pedagogy. The next part of the dissertation connects both topics - cooperation and w...

  19. Rudolf Steiner in the educational and cultural space.

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    Ionova O.M.


    Full Text Available It is analyzed the life and career of R. Steiner, the author of important works on philosophy, epistemology; founder of the spiritual and scientific Humanities (anthroposophy as the foundation for the development of different areas of knowledge and human activities (medicine, pharmacy, medical pedagogy, architecture, sociology, ecological agriculture, theater, etc.. Particular attention is given to translate the anthroposophic pulses in education - the basement and development of the Waldorf kindergartens and schools.

  20. Zum biologisch-dynamischen Forschungsansatz – Nur philosophisches Beiwerk oder Erkenntnisbedingung einer Wissenschaft vom Leben?


    Hagel, Ingo


    [Einleitung:] Die Biologisch-Dynamische Wirtschaftsweise ist die älteste unter den verschiedenen Methoden des Ökologischen Landbaus. Ihr geistiges Fundament ist eine Reihe von Vorträgen, die Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) im Jahr 1924 in Koberwitz bei Breslau für Landwirte hielt (STEINER 1924a). Daher können ihre Voraussetzungen und Intentionen und auch ihr Forschungsansatz nicht losgelöst von dem spirituellen Weltbild der Anthroposophie, deren Begründer Rudolf Steiner ist, betrachtet werden. ...

  1. Putting the spiritual into practice

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    Julia von Boguslawski


    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to examine how Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical ideas were reflected and put into practice in the lives of the Finnish couple Olly (Olga Donner (1881–1956, neé Sinebrychoff and Uno Donner (1872–1958. They encountered anthroposophy in 1913 and subsequently embraced it as the guiding principle of their lives. Through a close examination of these two people we aim to shed light on how a new worldview like anthroposophy, which was gaining followers in early twentieth-century Finland, was also a manifestation of wider changes in religious culture in Europe. Our perspective could be described as biographical in the sense that it has been characterised by Simone Lässig (2008: 11 who writes that ‘the reconstruction of individual life courses helps to discover more about the context – for example, about daily rituals, pious practices, or kinship relationship’. Thus, the biographical perspective serves as a tool for grasping how something as deeply personal as an anthroposophical worldview was understood and practised, not only by Olly and Uno Donner, but also by a larger group of people who in the early twentieth century were looking for new ways to make sense of the surrounding world.

  2. The plant in between: Analogism and entanglement in an Italian community of anthroposophists

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    Nadia Breda


    Full Text Available The article analyses the special relationship with the world of plants developed by anthroposophy from the framework of a new perspective called the “plant turn” (Myers 2015. Anthroposophy (AS is analysed as a peculiar form of Analogism (Descola 2005, historically derived from the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and subsequently evolved into contemporary AS practices that the author encountered during her fieldwork in a community of North-Eastern Italy. Both Steiner’s texts and the analysis of contemporary practices of AS reveal a relationship with the world of plants that the author reads in light of Ingold’s categories of “interweaving” of the world, the interpenetration of elements, and their ceaseless becoming (Ingold 2011. The result is a representation of the vegetal world involving the whole cosmos, humans and non-humans, terrestrial and celestial, in a cosmic expansion of the relations between beings typical of Analogisms. The practices referring to the vegetal world enacted by anthroposophists are intense, engaging, dialogue-based and provocative in their ability to uproot many elements of naturalism and deal with a contemporary world characterised by ecological crisis.

  3. [Alternative treatment methods in ENT]. (United States)

    Friese, K H


    In this review, the most important complementary und alternative therapies are discussed, focusing particularly on their use in otorhinolaryngology. These therapies include balneology, Kneipp therapy, microbiological therapy, fasting, excretion therapy, different oxygen therapies, hydro-colon therapy, urine therapy, own-blood therapy, Bach therapy, orthomolecular therapy, order therapy, environmental medicine, phytotherapy, homeopathy, complex homeopathy, anthroposophy, neural therapy, electroaccupuncture according to Voll and similar therapies, nasal reflex therapy, reflex-zone massage, manual therapy, massage, lymph drainage, aroma therapy, thermotherapy, bioresonance, kinesiology, hopi candles, and dietetics. Some of these methods and regimens can be recommended, but others should be rejected. In universities, these methods are only represented to a minor extend, but are more accepted by otorhinolaryngologists in practice. This paper provides a guide to which alternative therapies are sensible and possible in otorhinolaryngology. The aim is to stimulate interest in these methods. It is necessary to discuss these alternative methods reasonably and credibly with patients.

  4. Михаил Чехов в поисках универсального метода в театре и в кино


    Autant-Mathieu , Marie-Christine


    Il s'agit de démonter à quel point la méthode de M. Tchekhov, qui s'est formée à partir du Système psychologique et spiritualiste de Stanislavski, s'est enrichie d'autres courants esthétiques et occultes. On montre en particulier les liens avec l'anthroposophie de Rudolf Steiner, l'eurythmie. En raison de son parcours biographique (Russie, Europe, Etats-Unis), Tchekhov a dû adapter sa pédagogie aux contextex nationaux, culturels et surtout passer du théâtre russe au cinéma européen et hollywo...

  5. Organic food consumption during pregnancy is associated with different consumer profiles, food patterns and intake: the KOALA Birth Cohort Study. (United States)

    Simões-Wüst, Ana Paula; Moltó-Puigmartí, Carolina; van Dongen, Martien Cjm; Dagnelie, Pieter C; Thijs, Carel


    To find out how the consumption of organic food during pregnancy is associated with consumer characteristics, dietary patterns and macro- and micronutrient intakes. Cross-sectional description of consumer characteristics, dietary patterns and macro- and micronutrient intakes associated with consumption of organic food during pregnancy. Healthy, pregnant women recruited to a prospective cohort study at midwives' practices in the southern part of the Netherlands; to enrich the study with participants adhering to alternative lifestyles, pregnant women were recruited through various specific channels. Participants who filled in questionnaires on food frequency in gestational week 34 (n 2786). Participant groups were defined based on the share of organic products within various food types. Consumers of organic food more often adhere to specific lifestyle rules, such as vegetarianism or anthroposophy, than do participants who consume conventional food only (reference group). Consumption of organic food is associated with food patterns comprising more products of vegetable origin (soya/vegetarian products, vegetables, cereal products, bread, fruits, and legumes) and fewer animal products (milk and meat), sugar and potatoes than consumed in conventional diets. These differences translate into distinct intakes of macro- and micronutrients, including higher retinol, carotene, tocopherol and folate intakes, lower intakes of vitamin D and B12 and specific types of trans-fatty acids in the organic groups. These differences are seen even in groups with low consumption of organic food. Various consumer characteristics, specific dietary patterns and types of food intake are associated with the consumption of organic food during pregnancy.

  6. Social Cultivation of Vaccine Refusal and Delay among Waldorf (Steiner) School Parents. (United States)

    Sobo, Elisa J


    U.S. media reports suggest that vastly disproportionate numbers of un- and under-vaccinated children attend Waldorf (private alternative) schools. After confirming this statistically, I analyzed qualitative and quantitative vaccination-related data provided by parents from a well-established U.S. Waldorf school. In Europe, Waldorf-related non-vaccination is associated with anthroposophy (a worldview foundational to Waldorf education)—but that was not the case here. Nor was simple ignorance to blame: Parents were highly educated and dedicated to self-education regarding child health. They saw vaccination as variously unnecessary, toxic, developmentally inappropriate, and profit driven. Some vaccine caution likely predated matriculation, but notable post-enrollment refusal increases provided evidence of the socially cultivated nature of vaccine refusal in the Waldorf school setting. Vaccine caution was nourished and intensified by an institutionalized emphasis on alternative information and by school community norms lauding vaccine refusal and masking uptake. Implications for intervention are explored. © 2015 by the American Anthropological Association.

  7. The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History

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    Helmer Ringgren


    Full Text Available This paper presents the history of the Donner Institute. The Donner Institute is an institution for the study of the history of religion and culture at the university of Åbo Akademi (Åbo, Finland. It was founded in 1957 following a stipulation in the last will of Mr. and Mrs. Uno Donner of Helsingfors, who died in 1958 and 1956 respectively. Uno Donner had shown an early interest in philosophical questions. During a visit to Egypt at the beginning of this century both he and his wife were impressed by ancient Egyptian culture and certain mysterious aspects of religion. They both seem to have had a firm conviction that intuition is an important way to true knowledge. When, in 1913, an artist friend of theirs, Henry Collison, introduced them to the thinking of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, their interest was easily kindled, and they became eager students of anthroposophy. They visited Dornach near Basel, the center of the anthroposophic movement, several times and made the personal acquaintance of Dr. Steiner. When an Anthroposophic Society was established in Finland in 1922, Uno Donner became its president. The library of the institute possesses an almost complete collection of Dr. Steiner's works and all available works of various anthroposophic authors.

  8. The Rachel Carson Letters and the Making of Silent Spring

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    John Paull


    Full Text Available Environment, conservation, green, and kindred movements look back to Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring as a milestone. The impact of the book, including on government, industry, and civil society, was immediate and substantial, and has been extensively described; however, the provenance of the book has been less thoroughly examined. Using Carson’s personal correspondence, this paper reveals that the primary source for Carson’s book was the extensive evidence and contacts compiled by two biodynamic farmers, Marjorie Spock and Mary T. Richards, of Long Island, New York. Their evidence was compiled for a suite of legal actions (1957-1960 against the U.S. Government and that contested the aerial spraying of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT. During Rudolf Steiner’s lifetime, Spock and Richards both studied at Steiner’s Goetheanum, the headquarters of Anthroposophy, located in Dornach, Switzerland. Spock and Richards were prominent U.S. anthroposophists, and established a biodynamic farm under the tutelage of the leading biodynamics exponent of the time, Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer. When their property was under threat from a government program of DDT spraying, they brought their case, eventually lost it, in the process spent US$100,000, and compiled the evidence that they then shared with Carson, who used it, and their extensive contacts and the trial transcripts, as the primary input for Silent Spring. Carson attributed to Spock, Richards, and Pfeiffer, no credit whatsoever in her book. As a consequence, the organics movement has not received the recognition, that is its due, as the primary impulse for Silent Spring, and it is, itself, unaware of this provenance.

  9. Wolfhart Pannenberg y el reto de la Modernidad: Pensar a Dios y al hombre desde la mediación

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    Carlos Casale Rolle


    Full Text Available Este artículo pretende analizar la obra de Pannenberg como teología de la mediación, cuya característica básica radica en aceptar el órdago lanzado por el ateísmo moderno (sobre todo de la hermenéutica de la sospecha, partiendo de los mismos presupuestos de este: la antropología. Por eso el centro de interés de la teología de este autor radica en mediar racionalmente fe y razón o, si se quiere, teología y antropología. El objetivo de este intento es hacer razonable la idea misma de Dios, como el poder que todo lo determina, para que la revelación de Dios en las religiones, y en especial la cristiana, que es el lugar donde se decide sobre la realidad de la divinidad, cuente con un ámbito de inserción al interior de las preguntas fundamentales del hombre. Se pretende así hacer una teología con identidad y relevanciaThe article analyses Pannenberg's work, as a theology of mediation, whose basic principle lies on the acknowledgment of the havoc caused by the modern atheism (mainly by the hermeneutics of suspicion, looking at it from its very underpinning: the anthropology. The centre of attention of his theological thought lies on a rational mediation of faith and reason, or rather theology and anthroposophy. He pursues to make the idea of God as the determining power reasonable for us, so that God's revelation in the religions, and especially in the Christian that is where the reality of his divinity is decided, may find a place for insertion in the fundamental human questions. Accordingly, he attempts to develop a theology with identity and relevance

  10. Influence of alternative lifestyles on self-reported body weight and health characteristics in women. (United States)

    Simões-Wüst, Ana Paula; Kummeling, Ischa; Mommers, Monique; Huber, Machteld A S; Rist, Lukas; van de Vijver, Lucy P L; Dagnelie, Pieter C; Thijs, Carel


    Alternative lifestyles are often associated with distinct practices with respect to nutrition, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use and usage of complementary medicine. Evidence concerning effects of these lifestyle-related practices on health status is still fragmentary. To describe maternal health characteristics related to alternative lifestyles, with emphasis on body-weight status, during pregnancy and maternity periods. We compared self-reported health-related features of mothers with alternative lifestyles and conventional lifestyles during pregnancy and maternity period in the KOALA Birth Cohort Study. This cohort comprises two recruitment groups of mother-infant pairs, one with a conventional (no selection based on lifestyle, n = 2333), the other with an alternative lifestyle (selected via organic food shops, anthroposophic clinicians and midwives, anthroposophic under-five clinics, Rudolf Steiner schools and relevant magazines, n = 485). Mothers in the alternative group more frequently chose organic foods, adhered to specific living rules, practised vegetarianism and identified themselves with anthroposophy. Mothers in the alternative group showed lower BMI and lower prevalence of overweight and obesity than the conventional group, before pregnancy as well as 4-5 years after delivery. This difference was partly retained after adjusting for potential confounders. Furthermore, women in the alternative group had a lower prevalence of pregnancy-related hypertension, more often started breastfeeding and gave exclusive and prolonged breastfeeding for a longer period. Finally, they smoked less often, but more often drunk alcohol during pregnancy. The results suggest that an alternative lifestyle is associated with favourable body weight and with several differences in other health features.

  11. Anthroposophic therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity: A two-year prospective study in outpatients

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    Harald J Hamre


    were maintained until last follow-up after 24 months.Conclusion: Children with ADHD symptoms receiving anthroposophic treatment had ­long-term improvement of symptoms and quality of life.Keywords: anthroposophy, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, combined modality therapy, prospective studies, quality of life