Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 2

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SteinerBooks, Oct 1, 1996 - Education - 243 pages
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12 lectures, various cities, November 19, 1922-August 30, 1924 (CW 218)

By the time of this second collection of Steiner's public lectures on Waldorf education, the Waldorf school movement was gaining increasing recognition. In this collection, as in the previous volume, Steiner is outspoken about the spiritual nature of human beings and the world, including the spiritual nature of Waldorf education.

Topics include:
  • Education and Teaching
  • The Art of Teaching from an Understanding of the Human Being
  • Education and Art
  • Education and the Moral Life
  • Introduction to a Eurythmy Performance
  • Why Base Education on Anthroposophy?
  • Waldorf Pedagogy
  • Anthroposophy and Education
  • Moral and Physical Education
  • Educational Issues


Original book: Geistige Zusammenhange in der Gestaltung des Menschlichen Organismus, vol. 218 of the Complete Works of Rudolf Steiner,
 

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Contents

Introduction
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FURTHER READING
THE FOUNDATIONS OF WALDORF EDUCATION
RUDOLF STEINERS LECTURES AND WRITINGS ON EDUCATION
Index

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About the author (1996)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

Rene M. Querido, LLD, was a seminal figure in Waldorf education for a half century. He was educated in Holland, Belgium, France, and England and studied mathematics and physics at London University. Mr. Querido lectured throughout the world on historical and educational topics and was director of Rudolf Steiner College (Fair Oaks, California). He was also Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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