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Education and Modern Spiritual Life

14 lectures and talks, Ilkley, Yorkshire, August 5-17, 1923 (CW 307)

In this fine introduction to Waldorf education, written out of a series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy, psychology, and practice. Steiner begins by describing the union of science, art, religion and morality, which was the aim of all his work and underlies his concept of education.

Against this background, many of the lectures describe a new developmental psychology. On this basis, having established how children’s consciousness develops, Steiner discusses how different subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow and flourish inwardly. Only if the child absorbs the right subject in the right way at the right time can the inner freedom so necessary for life in the modern world become second nature.

A newer translation is published as A Modern Art of Education.

C O N T E N T S:

1. Science, Art, Religion, and Morality
2. Principles of Greek Education
3. Greek Education and the Middle Ages
4. The Connection of the Spirit with Bodily Organs
5. The Emancipation of the Will in the Human Organism
6. Walking, Speaking, Thinking
7. The Rhythmic System, Sleeping and Waking, Imitation
8. Reading, Writing, and Nature Study
9. Arithmetic, Geometry, History
10. Physics, Chemistry, Handwork, Language, Religion
11. Memory, Temperaments, Bodily Culture, and Art
12. Education toward Inner Freedom

Special Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
Farewell Address, August 17, 1923 (evening)

About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Series

Author

EISBN13

9781621511311

Published

November 1989

Format

ePUB

Pages

232

CW/GA

CW 307

Publisher

Steiner Books

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