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Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

Steiner-Waldorf Education as a Demand of Our Time: An Esoteric Study

December 1999
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    1st December 1999
  • ISBN 9781902636054
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.

Rudolf Steiner stated that the primary function of education is to exercise the students' faculties of thinking, feeling and willing. These basic human qualities manifest in civilization as the "eternal verities" of truth, beauty and goodness, and these in turn in science, art and religion.

Gilbert Childs' goal in this carefully crafted book is twofold—to illustrate the practical application of the factors mentioned and to substantiate assertion by Steiner that his philosophy and educational practice is intended to meet the requirements of our time. the author's presentation provides stimulating thoughts for teachers and students of education, as well as anyone who wishes to improve the way we prepare our children for life and their place in the world.

C O N T E N T S:


1. Agents, Agencies, and Archetypes
2. Driving Forces in World Evolution
3. The Course of Western Civilization
4. Truth, Beauty, and Goodness as Archetypal Principles
5. The Eternal Verities and Society
6. Foundations of Thinking, Feeling, and Willing
7. Steiner Education as a Demand of the Age
8. The Essential threefolding of Society

Appendix: Causality and the Factor of Change

Gilbert Childs

Dr. Gilbert Childs attended the Steiner/Waldorf teacher-training course at Michael Hall in the UK after war service. He later studied at four universities, his doctoral thesis being "Steiner Education as Historical Necessity." After teaching at state and Steiner/Waldorf schools, Dr. Childs tutored for twenty years in a continuing-education college for severely physically disabled students. In his retirement, he is a full-time author and an avid gardener.