Anthroposophie in Deutschland: Theosophische Weltanschauung und gesellschaftliche Praxis Helmut Zander: Books. Anthroposophie in Deutschland: theosophische Weltanschauung und gesellschaftliche Praxis Front Cover. Helmut Zander. Vandenhoeck und. The book Anthroposophie in Deutschland bears the characteristics of a political broadside by means of which the opponents – in this case Rudolf Steiner and.
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Moreover, a number of anthroposophist rejoinders to Zander appear to misconstrue what it is that historians of occultism can and cannot impart to broader societal im on the matter, and some of them even cite Wouter Hanegraaffs salutary principle of methodological agnosticism as an ostensible alternative to Zander’s approach.
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Anthroposphie basically forgiving treatment of the anthroposophical campaign in Upper Anthroposopjie in is an example; while the recounting of events is perceptive and fair-minded, it may leave the impression that anthroposophists maintained a neutral stance in the dispute between Poland and Germany.
To begin with a comparatively minor atnhroposophie One example is Zander’s repetition of Werner’s claim that almost no anthroposophists joined the Nazi party p.
The book conveys a palpable sense of both the continuities and the alterations that marked anthroposophy during this chaotic period. Theosophical Worldview and Social Practice Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. For historians, it is unremarkable and indispensable. As with other sections of the book, the chapter on Steiner schools presents in microcosm both the strengths and weaknesses of anthroposophy in practice.
Zander recognizes this clearly, but makes a conscientious effort to engage with those anthroposophical works that fulfill at least some basic research standards. This is a considerable merit in view of the often heated controversies over anthroposophical beliefs and activities which have arisen in Aanthroposophie public discourse in recent years.
Each of these endeavors retained clear vestiges of their Theosophical origins while going well beyond what most other esoteric movements had achieved in practical terms. Sponsored by a wealthy anthroposophical industrialist, the original Waldorf school arose in the wake of World War One.
Please click the link in that email to activate your subscription. In his public statements as well as in internal anthroposophical forums, Steiner insisted that Germany bore no war guilt, and polemicized against Wilson, the Entente, the Versailles treaty, and the League of Nations.
Anthroposophie in Deutschland
It evinces a decent circumspection toward and consideration for anthroposophical sensibilities while he,mut true to its primary responsibility to the scholarly community. More substantively, there are occasional passages where the rationale for including or arranging particular sub-themes is not entirely clear. Accompanying this is a detailed historical narrative of the founding and growth of the first Waldorf schoolwith Steiner promulgating the general guidelines and choosing the initial faculty.
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Along with its extremely impressive strengths, a work of this length inevitably contains weaknesses. Through the mediation of sympathetic teachers, Steiner came to early prominence as an editor of Goethe’s scientific works and tried for a time to parlay this into a scholarly career. While the racist aspects of Steiner’s theory need not overshadow the rest of his work, they cannot be dismissed as incidental to it.
The section on Waldorf schooling is a representative example. Journal for the Study of Western Esotericismvol. On a number of occasions Zander goes out of his way to incorporate worthwhile anthroposophical secondary literature into his analysis. Theosophische Weltanschauung und anthrpposophie Praxis Dec 31, At Steiner’s death zxnderanthroposophy enjoyed considerable if contentious standing within German culture, combining the allure of occult insight, spiritual rejuvenation, and an array of alternative lifestyle approaches associated with the Lebensreform movement and the German youth movement.
With painstaking precision, Zander examines the remarkable ideological transformations Steiner underwent in the course of the s, from German Idealism to Nietzsche and Stirner to Haeckel and Monism by the turn of the century.
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Persistent cookies are stored on zader hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. Zander notes that his task as a historian is not to pronounce judgment on Steiner’s claims to clairvoyance, much less to adjudicate the accuracy or inaccuracy of specific assertions about the higher worlds, but to inquire into the this -worldly circumstances out of which Steiner’s doctrines emerged. Cookies come in two flavours – persistent and transient. Peter Staudenmaier is a doctoral candidate in modern European history at Cornell University, currently completing a dissertation on the anthroposophical movement in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.
High to Low Avg. In addition, anthroposophists harbored significant reservations about democracy and in some cases greeted the arrival of the Weimar republic with decided skepticism. Zander’s history attempts to do justice to that promise, while delineating the ambiguous contours it actually took on in practice. Zander is moreover committed to ongoing exchange with the sectors of contemporary anthroposophy that are open to dialogue, and this sometimes leads him to take a less than critical approach to their claims.
Zander emphasizes the crucial influence that belief in a spiritual elite and its cosmic mission had on anthroposophist political engagement, and concludes that esoteric forays into politics are ddutschland seen neither as straightforward instances of a counter-Enlightenment tendency nor as shining examples of progress and tolerance, but as politically ambivalent phenomena requiring further research.