A Concise Introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Philosophy
People today recognize Rudolf Steiner's work largely because of initiatives such as the worldwide Waldorf school movement, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophic medicine. Nevertheless, the comprehensive spiritual philosophy behind these movements is not so well known.
In this concise presentation, based on years of teaching introductory courses on the subject, van Oort presents an overview of key aspects of Steiner's thought. He deals with concepts such as body, soul, and spirit; the relationship between humankind and the animal kingdom; and the evolution of consciousness, a topic that opens panoramic vistas of human development in the form of successive cultural periods extending over thousands of years.
Originally published in Dutch as Antroposofie, Een kennismaking (2006).
C O N T E N T S:
1. A Biography of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925)
2. The Fourfold Image of Man
3. The Threefold Image of Man
4. Thinking, Feeling, Willing
5. Man and Animal
6. A History of Civilization: Seven Periods