The Spiritual Signature of Our Time

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The Spiritual Signature of Our Time: In the Era of Coronavirus

What can we read in the fast-moving events of recent times?

Is there a theme—or spiritual signature—that should be recognized and understood?

Following the book of essays Perspectives and Initiatives in the Times of Coronavirus, key figures from the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum assess critical societal issues in a series of striking lectures. In the context of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the speakers address questions such as these:

  • Are we making a religion out of science?
  • How is our behavior mirrored in the ecosystem?
  • What effects do inner work and meditation have on the healing powers of the human being?

Offering scientific, artistic, historic and sociological viewpoints, their research is based on expert knowledge and practice in various disciplines such as medicine, agriculture and education. Uppermost in their analysis, however, is the spiritual dimension of the human being. The book also deals with misrepresentations and misinterpretations of anthroposophy.

The School of Spiritual Science, with its center in Dornach, Switzerland, has eleven sections that are active internationally in research, development, teaching, and practical implementation of findings. The work of each of the school’s sections seeks to develop anthroposophy in a contemporary context through the core disciplines of general anthroposophy, medicine, agriculture, pedagogy, natural science, mathematics and astronomy, literary and visual arts and humanities, performing arts, and youth work.

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.

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.75 × 9 in



Christine Howard




January 2022






Rudolf Steiner Press


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