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)”

#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?”

Steiner on thinking (Part I)

Having gained a rudimentary understanding of Steiner’s understanding of experience, we can now turn our attention towards his understanding of thinking. Steiner pointed out that in pure experience there is a seeming manifold of sensible qualities, thoughts and feelings. Thoughts however bring us out of this disconnected chaos of experiences. As experiences they themselves transform experience. HeContinue reading “Steiner on thinking (Part I)”

Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part II)

Last week I looked at Steiner’s views on experience (Part I, click here) in his book The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception. His main concern was to find a starting point for epistemology that was free of assumptions. This post will be a kind of prelude to Steiner’s discussion of experience in TruthContinue reading “Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part II)”

Doing research

I’ve always thought of Steiner’s book Goethean Science as a book on Goethe’s morphology, but it does contain the essential structure of Steiner’s epistemology which he’s going to get back to in many different shapes. It’s interesting that he mentions views here that will be important for his dissertation, but to which he pays noContinue reading “Doing research”

Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part I)

Steiner’s understanding of experience and thinking are obviously essential to understanding his epistemology. In the following I’ll be looking at Steiner’s understanding of experience in The Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception and Truth and Knowledge. Part I will deal with the concept of experience in his first book, Part II with his critiqueContinue reading “Rudolf Steiner on experience (Part I)”

A brief introduction

The issues I will be dealing with in this blog are mainly anthroposophical. My main point of interest at the present time is the epistemological works of Steiner pre-dating his work as a theosophist and anthroposophist. I also plan to discuss the anthroposophical ideas he developed, such as reincarnation, karma, planetary stages and so on.Continue reading “A brief introduction”