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Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society

And Pathways to the Future

May 2013
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publications
  • Published
    8th May 2013
  • ISBN 9781906999438
  • Language English
  • Pages 136 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“The intention of my lecture was to draw attention to the fact that the recent development of the Goetheanum is no longer heading in the right direction; rather, it is heading in a direction that can be considered neither in the spirit intended by Rudolf Steiner, nor of service to anthroposophy. Before it is too late, this direction must be altered.... Otherwise, the Goetheanum is in danger of being degraded to spiritual ‘insignificance,’ and of becoming a mere combination of museum and conference centre.” —Sergei O. Prokofieff

“Why is it so difficult actually to understand and implement the ‘intentions of the Christmas Conference’ [in Steiner’s words], which represent a very concrete answer to the Anthroposophical Society’s identity crisis?” —Peter Selg

More than 100 years after its founding, the Anthroposophical Society faces serious questions—some of an existential nature—regarding its purpose and tasks in the present day. On March 30, 2012, in the course of the Society’s Annual General Meeting in Dornach, both Prokofieff and Selg gave lectures that addressed difficult issues related to the General Anthroposophical Society and its global headquarters, the Goetheanum in Switzerland. These lectures were met with a mixture of enthusiastic support and stern disapproval. They are reproduced here in full, with supplementary material to help broaden and deepen their themes, so that every interested individual can have access to them.

Originally published in German as two booklets Die Identität der Allgemeinen Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft (by Peter Selg) and Wie stehen wir heute vor Rudolf Steiner? (by Sergei O. Prokofieff) by Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts.

C O N T E N T S:


The New Beginning of the Anthroposophical Society in 1923/24
The Challenges of the Present and the Future
Appendix: The Relation to the School of Spiritual Science


On the Anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s Death
Appendix: A Reflection on Peter Selg’s Publication, The Identity of the General Anthroposphical Society

Sergei O. Prokofieff

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.

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