Perspectives and Initiatives in the Times of Coronavirus: The School of Spiritual Science
The School of Spiritual Science, with its headquarters at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, has eleven sections, which are active worldwide in research, development, teaching, and practical applications of research results. During the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, those sections of the School made individual contributions to the crisis in the form of sixteen essays that offer insights, perspectives, and approaches to tackling the challenges of Coronavirus through spiritual-scientific knowledge and practice.
The work of each of the School’s sections seeks to develop Anthroposophy (founded by Rudolf Steiner) in a contemporary context through the core disciplines of general Anthroposophy, medicine, agriculture, education, natural science, mathematics, astronomy, literature, the visual arts and humanities, performing arts, and youth work.
THE FEATURED ESSAYS:
Creating Spaces of Inner Freedom: Training Approaches in Times of Uncertainty and Fear
The Hidden Sun: Reality, Language, and Art in Corona Times
Consequences of COVID-19: Perspectives of Anthroposophic Medicine
Aspects of Epidemic Infectious Diseases in Rudolf Steiner’s Work
Challenges and Perspectives of the Corona Crisis in the Agricultural and Food Industry
Corona and Biodynamic Agriculture
Our Relationship with Animals
The Part and the Whole: On the Cognitive Approach of Anthroposophical Natural Science
Comparing the Constellations of the Corona Pandemic and the Spanish Flu
Aspects of Dealing with the Corona Crisis for Youth
Crisis Implies that it’s Unclear…as to What, How, Why, and by Whom Things Need to be Done
Education in Times of Corona
Understanding History from the Future: Crisis as Opportunity
Social Challenges and Impulses of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Consequences of COVID-19: The Perspective of Anthroposophic Curative Education, Social Pedagogy, Social Therapy, and Inclusive Social Development
A Medicalized Society?
About the Author
Ueli Hurter has been the co-head of the Agriculture Section at the Goetheanum (with Jean-Michel Florin) since 2010 and currently sits on the executive board International Biodynamic Association. A native of Switzerland, he completed agricultural apprenticeships in Switzerland, Germany, and France. He has been involved with the Agriculture Section since 1994 and has formerly served as President of the Swiss Demeter association and as Swiss spokesman to Demeter International. Alongside his work as leader of the Section for Agriculture, he is co-manager of the enterprise Ferme de L’Aubier, a Demeter certified farm with mixed culture and an on-farm cheese dairy, bio-hotel, bio-restaurant, café-hotel, and eco-living quarters. L’Aubier is an associatively organized corporation with direct financing. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the initiative “Sowing the future.“ Hurter lives near Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and is married with three children.
Justus Wittich was born in 1955 in Berlin, Germany. He attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Berlin–Dahlem and studied economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1979, he assumed management of the association of friends of Rudolf Steiner’s education (Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners) in Stuttgart. Since 1985, Wittich has been involved in adult education at “Der Hof,” a cultural, medical, and spiritual community initiative in Niederursel, Frankfurt. In 1989, he became editorial manager of the quarterly members’ newssheet Mitteilungen aus der Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft in Deutschland. He was a member of the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany from 1992 to 2012. Since 2012, Wittich has been a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society. He is married with three children.