Anthropocentrism vs. cosmocentrism

I think it’s unavoidable to have an anthropocentric view of the world. If we could have another view of the world, we either wouldn’t be human, or we would’ve made it human. People who devote themselves to nature tend to anthropomorphise it, and beauty is no objective factor of nature, it is something we seeContinue reading “Anthropocentrism vs. cosmocentrism”

Moral Intuitions in the Modern World

Anthroposophy as a concept has nothing to do with the anthroposophical movement as such. It has to do with a methodology that anyone can develop, and as such we don’t really need to stick to authorities on anthroposophy to understand it. As a matter of fact, there can be no such thing as an authorityContinue reading “Moral Intuitions in the Modern World”

Some remarks on the Technique of Similarity and Difference in Imaginative Knowledge

It is important to remember that when we speak of supersensible experiences, it really just relates to anything that transcends the realm of our five classical senses. In anthroposophical methodology these are usually thinking, feeling, and willing. What is important is that the way we think about these kinds of experiences must be akin toContinue reading “Some remarks on the Technique of Similarity and Difference in Imaginative Knowledge”

Return – Threefolding – Art (Part I)

Return I haven’t written for a long time. I’ve thought about how to present anthroposophy on my blog, and still speak from a place of authenticity. People who have been reading my blog might have noticed that I put emphasis on trying to understand anthroposophy from a methodological perspective, and this has kept me fromContinue reading “Return – Threefolding – Art (Part I)”

Steiner on life (part II) – Beholding judgement

I left off in my last post speaking about intuitive understanding in Kant. In short, Kant says that it’s possible to think of a being that can survey the whole and its parts (or in the context of nature: the purpose and the mechanism) without having to resort to discursive thinking. I’ll leave this postContinue reading “Steiner on life (part II) – Beholding judgement”

Steiner on life (part I) – The organism as a natural purpose.

In this post, I want to start delving into Steiner’s views on life. So to cut to the chase I’m basically posing the philosophical question: “What is life?”. I’ll try to look at Steiner’s theory of life from different angles. My idea is to start with Kant’s thoughts about living organisms in Critique of Judgment andContinue reading “Steiner on life (part I) – The organism as a natural purpose.”

#1: Ariadne’s thread

(Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0) The human soul is the gateway to the spiritual world. There is really no one we can call upon to find the way to the spiritual except for ourselves. For my own part that search resonnated with the work (parts at least) of Rudolf Steiner. The need for something spiritual inContinue reading “#1: Ariadne’s thread”

What is the spiritual?

Spiritual science obviously explores the spiritual, so it’s only natural that we know what the subject matter is, if we’re to treat it in a scientific way. In a deeper sense though, spiritual science explores man’s relationship to the world, or the relationship of the spiritual in man to the spiritual in the world. It’sContinue reading “What is the spiritual?”

Some modest thoughts on the autonomy of spiritual insight.

To acknowledge anthroposophy means to spiritually experience what anthroposophy expresses. At Steiner’s time, spirituality often found its expression in religious belief. Religious belief can be based on two sources, one is dogma, the other is religious experience. Dogmatic belief is in a certain sense blind, it naively follows a given commandment out of feelings suchContinue reading “Some modest thoughts on the autonomy of spiritual insight.”