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Karl König Archive Series

The Child with Special Needs

Letters and Essays on Curative Education

Paperback
April 2009
9780863156939
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    23rd April 2009
  • ISBN 9780863156939
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"
$25.00

Karl König founded the Camphill movement and was a prolific lecturer and writer on a wide range of subjects, including Anthroposophy, Christology, social issues, therapeutic education, science, and history. The Karl König Archive is a program that will gradually publish all of König’s works.

In this remarkable collection of Dr. König’s letters and essays, he considers and discusses the fundamentals of special needs education. He shows that there are three core aspects of a successful holistic approach to healing. First is a positive social environment, which in the context of Camphill arises through small family units of caregivers and children. Second, the caregivers’ work is based on insightful understanding of the nature and potential of each disability. And third, medical treatment it imbued with courage to keep the faith that the impossible can be made possible.

This collection of Karl König's letters and essays makes a significant contribution to social and pedagogical discussions surrounding the fundamentals of special-needs education and therapeutic settings.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Peter Selg
Introduction: “Karl König—Curative Teacher and Physician” by Georg von Arnim

TO PARENTS

1. Letter to the Parents of Camphill at Lake Constance
2. To the Mother of a Down’s Syndrome Child

THE TASK AND ETHICS OF CURATIVE EDUCATION

3. The Purpose and Value of Curative–Educational Work
4. The Care and Education of Handicapped Children
5. Basic Issues of Curative–Educational Diagnosis and Therapy

CURATIVE EDUCATION, MODERN CIVILIZATION AND SOCIAL COMMUNITY

6. The Three Foundations of Curative Education
7. Modern Curative Education as a Social Issue
8. Curative Education as a Social Task

THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF CURATIVE EDUCATION

9. Mignon: The History of Curative Education
10. Adalbert Stifter and Curative Education

EUTHANASIA

11. The Problem of Euthanasia
12. Euthanasia as a Challenge to Society Today

Peter Selg

Born 1963, Stuttgart.

1986–1993 Study of human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Berlin and Zurich. Doctoral thesis: "Attempt to systematize Rudolf Steiner's human physiological ideas. An analysis of the entire lecture and written work (Witten/Herdecke 1995).

1993–2000 Further training as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Senior physician in the psychiatric department for adolescents and young adults at the Herdecke Community Hospital.

2000–2002 Research associate at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (Freiburg).

2002–2006 Head physician at the Ita Wegman Clinic Arlesheim (adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy); since 2006 establishment and management of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Anthroposophical Research

Since 2007 professorship for medical anthropology and ethics at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Alfter near Bonn); teaching in the Studium fundamentale and in the accompanying studies in anthroposophic medicine at the University/Witten-Herdecke

Since 2020, Co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Karl König

Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institut, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler's invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.