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The Post-War Surgence: The Twenties 4. Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy

  • W. A. C. Stewart

Abstract

All through his writing Steiner proclaims that he could never accept the sense-world as an ultimate. Physical perceptions are real enough and so are sense-data and everyone can agree that thinking and systematic logic represent an analysis of situations and experience which can be more or less verified:

I wished to turn away from that road to knowledge which looked toward the sense-world, and which would then break through from the sense-world into true reality. I desired to make clear that true reality is to be sought not by such a breaking through from without, but by sinking down into the inner life of man.… When from within man sense-free thought comes forth to meet the sense-perception… the human spirit, living its own life within, meets the spirit of the world which is now no longer concealed from man behind the sense-world, but weaves and breathes within the sense-world.1

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Corporal Punishment Physical Body Human Spirit True Reality Ethical Individualism 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    R. Steiner, The Story of My Life (London, 1928), p. 116.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    L. F. Edmunds, Rudolf Steiner Education (London, 1962), p. 15.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    L. F. Edmunds, Rudolf Steiner Education (London, 1962), p. 54.Google Scholar
  4. 8.
    L. F. Edmunds, Rudolf Steiner Education (London, 1962), p. 48.Google Scholar
  5. 10.
    L. F. Edmunds, Rudolf Steiner Education (London, 1962), p. 81.Google Scholar
  6. 11.
    Quoted in Joan Ruder, ‘Curative Education’, in The Faithful Thinker, ed. A. C. Harwood (London, 1961), p. 207.Google Scholar

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© W. A. C. Stewart 1968

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