By Robert McDermott
"Few thinkers from outdoors the us have touched American tradition in as some ways as Rudolf Steiner. Agriculture, schooling, spirituality, and medicine-or extra accurately, substitute practices in those fields-all undergo transparent marks of his impact, for people with eyes to determine. but the very breadth of Steiner's impression has possibly made him tougher, no longer more straightforward, for observers of yankee tradition to note. The phrases Waldorf schooling and biodynamic agriculture are extra widely known than Rudolf Steiner himself or Anthroposophy. Anthroposophic projects are in most cases understood on the subject of parallel projects with varied religious roots, instead of when it comes to the wealthy textile of Steiner's worldview. american citizens as a rule think biodynamic agriculture as a extra severe type of organics and Waldorf faculties as "like Montessori faculties purely extra so." while I describe the Camphill circulate, so much interlocutors reply with "Is that just like the L'arche movement?" And millions of customers at wellbeing and fitness foodstuff cooperatives and entire meals supermarkets buy Weleda dermis lotion, diaper cream, or homeopathic treatments with little experience of connection to Steiner's imaginative and prescient of spirit lively within the world." -Dan McKanan (from the foreword) American Philosophy and Rudolf Steiner aspires to elevate Steiner's profile via digging into only one box of inquiry: philosophy. sooner than he turned recognized to the realm as a transmitter of clairvoyant knowledge, Steiner was once an instructional thinker, editor of the clinical writings of Goethe and writer of a foundational paintings in philosophy, The Philosophy of Freedom: the root for a contemporary Worldview, released in 1894. That publication expressed in philosophical phrases some of the principles that may later grow to be indispensable to the non secular technology of Anthroposophy. notwithstanding the authors conceal quite a lot of issues, so much proportion an elegiac tone. They see nice power for discussion among Rudolf Steiner and the nice American philosophers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. American philosophy could have taken a fallacious flip within the mid-twentieth century, while pragmatism gave option to a convention of analytical philosophy that eschewed metaphysics as inherently meaningless and excited by the coherence or incoherence of linguistic constructions. still, many new websites of strength discussion exist among Steiner and American philosophy. 5 of the articles during this quantity have been written as a part of a seminar on Rudolf Steiner and American notion as a part of a undertaking for the Renewal of Philosophy, technology, and schooling backed via Laurance S. Rockefeller. many of the contributions have been initially released in ReVision: A magazine of realization and Transformation (spring and summer season 1991).
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Emerson held that one can develop one's own intuition (which is nothing less than one's own self) so fully that one can rely on it, and only it, to authorize moral deeds. ” Ethical Individualism and Free Deeds Continuing now with Steiner's anthroposophic version of self-reliance, consider first his spiritual scientific discovery that thinking is a “self-supporting entity”; it needs no explanation from outside itself. Thinking sustains itself and observes itself, needing nothing but itself to notice its own processes.
She notes the close parallel between Emerson's emphasis on “self-reliance” and Steiner's insight that intuitive thinking about thinking opens a door to knowledge that does not rely on any external authority. When intuition leads to action, it thus provides the basis for a morality that is genuinely free. ” This point echoes in Rebecca Kneale Gould's essay on Steiner and Thoreau, which identifies a “passion for the pursuit of freedom” as the first of several similarities between the builder of the Goetheanum and the sage of Walden Pond.
They are: an essay on Steiner and Emerson, contributed by Gertrude Reif Hughes, professor emerita at Wesleyan University; an essay on Steiner and Henry David Thoreau contributed by Becky Gould, professor of religion and ecology at Middlebury College; and a foreword by Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian-Universalist Professor, Harvard Divinity School. I am grateful to Matthew David Segall, a gifted CIIS doctoral student, for correcting typographical errors and improving infelicitous expressions throughout this volume.
American Philosophy and Rudolf Steiner: Emerson, Thoreau, Peirce, James, Royce, Dewey, Whitehead, Feminism by Robert McDermott