American Philosophy and Rudolf Steiner by Frank M. Oppenheim,Rebecca Kneale Gould ,Gertrude Reif

By Frank M. Oppenheim,Rebecca Kneale Gould ,Gertrude Reif Hughes ,Robert McDermott,Douglas Sloan ,David Ray Griffin ,Dan McKanan

Few thinkers from outdoors the us have touched American tradition in as some ways as Rudolf Steiner. Agriculture, schooling, spirituality, and medicine—or extra accurately, replacement practices in those fields—all undergo transparent marks of his impact, for people with eyes to work out. but the very breadth of Steiner's influence has maybe made him tougher, now not more straightforward, for observers of yank tradition to note. The phrases Waldorf schooling and biodynamic agriculture are extra well known than Rudolf Steiner himself or Anthroposophy. Anthroposophic tasks are normally understood relating to parallel projects with diverse non secular roots, instead of in terms of the wealthy cloth of Steiner's worldview. american citizens normally think biodynamic agriculture as a extra severe type of organics and Waldorf colleges as 'like Montessori faculties in basic terms extra so.' while I describe the Camphill stream, such a lot interlocutors reply with 'Is that just like the L'arche movement?' And hundreds of thousands of consumers at wellbeing and fitness nutrients cooperatives and entire meals supermarkets buy Weleda epidermis lotion, diaper cream, or homeopathic treatments with little feel of connection to Steiner's imaginative and prescient of spirit lively on the earth. —Dan McKanan (from the foreword). American Philosophy and Rudolf Steiner aspires to elevate Steiner's profile via digging into only one box of inquiry: philosophy. earlier than he turned recognized to the area as a transmitter of clairvoyant knowledge, Steiner was once an instructional thinker, editor of the medical writings of Goethe and writer of a foundational paintings in philosophy, The Philosophy of Freedom: the root for a contemporary Worldview, released in 1894. That e-book expressed in philosophical phrases some of the principles that may later grow to be essential to the non secular technology of Anthroposophy. notwithstanding the authors disguise quite a lot of subject matters, such a lot proportion an elegiac tone. They see nice strength for discussion among Rudolf Steiner and the good American philosophers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. American philosophy can have taken a mistaken flip within the mid-twentieth century, whilst pragmatism gave option to a practice of analytical philosophy that eschewed metaphysics as inherently meaningless and enthusiastic about the coherence or incoherence of linguistic constructions. still, many new websites of power discussion exist among Steiner and American philosophy. 5 of the articles during this quantity have been written as a part of a seminar on Rudolf Steiner and American idea as a part of a venture for the Renewal of Philosophy, technology, and schooling backed by means of Laurance S. Rockefeller. a number of the contributions have been initially released in ReVision: A magazine of cognizance and Transformation (spring and summer season 1991).

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