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The Anthroposophic Movement

The History and Conditions of the Anthroposophical Movement in Relation to the Anthroposophical Society: An Encouragement for Self-Examination (CW 258)

January 2023
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    31st January 2023
  • ISBN 9781855846036
  • Language English
  • Pages 202 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

8 lectures to members of the Anthroposophical Society, Dornach, June 10–17, 1923 (CW 258)

“The reflections we are embarking on here are intended to encourage a kind of self-examination by all those who have found their way to anthroposophy. An opportunity will be provided for such self-examination, for self-examination brought about by a characterization of the anthroposophical movement and its relationship with the Anthroposophical Society. And in this context may I begin by speaking about people who are central to such self-examination. They are yourselves. They are all those who, for one reason or another, have found their way to anthroposophy.” — Rudolf Steiner (June 10, 1923)

These lectures were given at a pivotal point in the development of the anthroposophic movement. Only months earlier, an act of arson caused the destruction of the Goetheanum, and the appearance of its darkened ruins reflected the growing fragmentation of the Anthroposophical Society. Divisions were developing among members and friends, with individual energies increasingly directed toward external initiatives and projects. It was becoming clear that a new impetus was needed.

Within this turbulent context, Steiner presented his lectures in a calm, lively, and informal style, declaring that a yearning for spiritual nourishment had arisen in Western culture during the final decades of the nineteenth century, and that organizations such as the Theosophical Society had gained in popularity. Despite his direct involvement in those events, Steiner is dispassionate when describing how the spiritual movements behind Theosophy and Anthroposophy were able to work together harmoniously before their unavoidable separation. Steiner’s expansive review of the anthroposophic movement provides an important narrative account of the developing Western spiritual tradition and the history of the mysteries.

These lectures also offer rare perceptions of Steiner’s life and philosophy. Those who identify with the movement he founded will discover revealing insights into its background and its potential for future development within the broader scope of human evolution.

The Anthroposophic Movement is a translation from German of Die Geschichte und die Bedingungen der anthroposophischen Bewegung im Verhältnis zur Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft. Eine Anregung zur Selbstbesinnung (GA 258).

C O N T E N T S:

From the Foreword to the First Edition (1931)
Editorial Preface

1. The Homeless Souls
2. The Unveiling of Spiritual Truths
3. The Opposition to Spiritual Revelations
4. Spiritual Truths and the Physical World
5. The Decline of the Theosophical Society
6. The Emergence of the Anthroposophic Movement
7. The Consolidation of the Anthroposophic Movement
8. Responsibility to Anthroposophy


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz 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.