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"Few thinkers from open air the us have touched American tradition in as some ways as Rudolf Steiner. Agriculture, schooling, spirituality, and medicine-or extra accurately, substitute practices in those fields-all undergo transparent marks of his effect, for people with eyes to work out. but the very breadth of Steiner's influence has possibly made him more durable, now not more uncomplicated, for observers of yankee tradition to note. The phrases Waldorf schooling and biodynamic agriculture are extra well known than Rudolf Steiner himself or Anthroposophy. Anthroposophic tasks are mostly understood when it comes to parallel tasks with diverse non secular roots, instead of on the subject of the wealthy textile of Steiner's worldview. american citizens often think biodynamic agriculture as a extra excessive type of organics and Waldorf colleges as "like Montessori faculties simply extra so." whilst I describe the Camphill circulate, so much interlocutors reply with "Is that just like the L'arche movement?" And hundreds of thousands of customers at future health nutrients cooperatives and entire meals supermarkets buy Weleda dermis lotion, diaper cream, or homeopathic treatments with little feel of connection to Steiner's imaginative and prescient of spirit lively within the world." -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. sooner than he turned identified to the realm as a transmitter of clairvoyant knowledge, Steiner used to be 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 booklet expressed in philosophical phrases a few of the rules that might later end up vital to the religious technology of Anthroposophy. even though the authors conceal quite a lot of issues, such a lot proportion an elegiac tone. They see nice power for discussion among Rudolf Steiner and the nice American philosophers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. American philosophy can have taken a unsuitable flip within the mid-twentieth century, whilst pragmatism gave method to a convention of analytical philosophy that eschewed metaphysics as inherently meaningless and desirous about the coherence or incoherence of linguistic constructions. still, many new websites of strength 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 notion as a part of a venture for the Renewal of Philosophy, technological know-how, and schooling subsidized by means of Laurance S. Rockefeller. a few of the contributions have been initially released in ReVision: A magazine of attention and Transformation (spring and summer time 1991).

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James wrote about spiritual experience as a curious, sympathetic, but still skeptical outsider; Steiner spoke with the authority of his own spiritual experience. What the two men shared was a desire to find a third way between the positivist dogma of modern science and the anti-empiricist dogmas of traditional theology and idealism. For James, this third way was an open-ended pluralism, persistently curious about evidences for “Something More”; for Steiner, it was a practice of “highly disciplined, individual spiritual effort” culminating in a harmony between individual selfhood and universal spirit.

In the following pages, I would like to “leave it there” by integrating Emerson's prophetic voice with “Spiritual Science,” a term Steiner frequently used for Anthroposophy. The integration I have in mind will illustrate how both men emphatically trust human thinking for its intuitive nature and how they both perceive matter as having its source in spirit, which means among other things, that they perceive matter and spirit able to exist as a unity not, ultimately, in opposition to one another.

Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature. INTRODUCTION By Robert McDermott The articles in this 1991 issue of ReVision were originally written for a seminar on Rudolf Steiner and American Philosophy which took place as part of the “Project for the Renewal of Thinking in Philosophy, Science, and Education” (made possible by a generous grant by Laurance S. Rockefeller). This weeklong invitational seminar, which met at Wainwright House, in Rye, New York, in January 1991, explored the relevance of Rudolf Steiner's thought for the American philosophical tradition and for contemporary American thought and culture.

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