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Rudolf Steiner: A Biography

“I don’t want to be revered! I want to be understood.” —Rudolf Steiner, 1915

Whoever follows Rudolf Steiner’s life will gain the impression that, from a certain point on, his constant attempt was to awake, in numerous ways, an active, working understanding for Anthroposophy. He used creative imagination to treat particular themes and tasks, ever anew, and in many forms. If we observe the variations of those presentations, we see in them the intentions that guided his whole life. A biography that shows Steiner’s intentions and efforts in the context of the times and his life circumstances will not only relate what happened, but also why. His work does not, as in many modern biographies, disappear behind the life story.

A student of Rudolf Steiner during the late 1890s observed:

“I never again had a teacher like him. He was gaunt, shabbily dressed. He always wore an old coat; his trousers looked like corkscrews, much too short and worn out. At first he sported a van Dyke, then a mustache, then he was clean shaven…. Everyone loved him dearly, and I would have, as would most of the others, gone through fire for him…. He was loving and concerned in a way that I have never again discovered in another person. Funny—I often asked my fiancée whether he was really as poor as he seemed to be; during breaks he always took a dry roll out of his pocket and ate it with visible enjoyment. But if you think that they left him in peace during the break, you are way off base. The whole group gathered around him and the questions were endless.”

This is one of the most researched and comprehensive biographies of Rudolf Steiner available today in English, tracing his life and development through an in-depth look at his life and work, which encompassed numerous areas, including his Goethean research, philosophy, esoteric work, pedagogy, medicine, sociology, agriculture, architecture, painting, movement arts, and poetry. This biography, which tracks his divergent activities, shows how Rudolf Steiner was most concerned with bringing a new approach to knowledge through Spiritual Science and to revitalizing the most important areas of human culture and society.

C O N T E N T S:


1. The Stranger
2. Learning
3. Student in Vienna
4. The Lonely Wanderer
5. Goethe: A Source of Hope
6. In Need of Special Care
7. Theory of Knowledge
8. Social Life in Vienna
9. The Editor: An Excursion into Politics
10. Aesthetics
11. First Journeys
12. Friedrich Eckstein, Theosophy, and Rosa Mayreder
13. Spirit and Nature: The Foundation of a Spiritual Philosophy
14. Weimar: At the Goethe-Schiller Archive
15. Lonely in the Company of Many Friends
— Images, Part One
16. The Philosophy of Freedom
17. For and against Nietzsche
18. A New World Opens Up
19. The Maelstrom of Berlin
20. Time of Trial
21. Three Attempts at the Turn of the Century
22. The Way into the Theosophical Society
23. The Theosophical Society
24. Establishing the German Section of the Theosophical Society
25. Attempts to Fructify the Art of Living
26. The Three Paths
27. The Munich Congress: A Conference in a Rosicrucian Temple
28. Breadth and Depth
29. The Illumination of the Christian Mysteries
30. The Mystery Plays
31. Separation from the Theosophical Society
32. Surrounded by Artists: 1907–1918
33. Building
— Images, Part Two
34. Wartime in Dornach
35. The Destiny of Central Europe
36. The Idea of the Threefold Human Organism
37. The Threefold Social Movement during the War
38. Preparations for the Postwar Period
39. Struggle for the Threefold Commonwealth
40. The Independent Waldorf School
41. Commercial Ventures
42. The Need to Communicate Impulses for Cultural Renewal
43. A Broader Understanding of Healing
44. Establishing The Christian Community
45. Possibilities—Realities
46. The Goetheanum Fire
47. Stuttgart 1923
48. Spring 1923: The Struggle to Rebuild
49. Summer 1923: England
— Images, Part Three
50. Autumn 1923: The Way to Decision
51. The Christmas Conference of 1923
52. Foundations
53. Spring 1924
54. The Final Intensification: Summer 1924
55. Sickbed and Death

The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

This volume is a translation of Rudolf Steiner – eine Biographie, 2 vols., Verlag Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart (1997).

About the Author

Christoph Lindenberg (1930–1999) completed an internship in an institution for juvenile delinquents. He studied history and English philology, as well as philosophy and education in Göttingen and Freiburg before attending the Waldorf teacher training seminar. In 1955, he worked as a teacher at the Free Georgenschule in Reutlingen, and from 1960 at the Tübingen Free Waldorf School, where he taught history, English, art, and social studies. From 1967 to 1970 Lindenberg was an assistant at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Tübingen. Since 1980 he has worked as a freelance lecturer and writer. He lived near Freiburg. Lindenberg was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Independent Waldorf Schools and a permanent member of the anthroposophical monthly magazine Die Drei. He wrote two different biographies of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy.

Jon McAlice is a freelance designer and consultant, focusing on the creative use of time and space. A co-founder of the Center for Contextual Studies, his research in contemporary education (contextualization, the experience of meaning, the role of self-directed activity in learning) has born fruit throughout the Waldorf educational movement in the growing recognition of the significance of direct experience in the learning process.

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September 2017






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