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by Robert A. McDermott,Rudolf Steiner

The New Essential Steiner is an illuminating, completely new introduction to the philosophy and essential writings of Rudolf Steiner, introduced and edited by Robert McDermott, who also edited the now-classic Essential Steiner. This new volume offers selections from a wide variety of Steiner’s published works, presenting a broad, accessible overview of Anthroposophy. In his introduction, McDermott recounts Steiner’s life and work, from his childhood and education to his work as a natural scientist, philosopher, scholar, educator, artist, interpreter of culture, and seer. He places Steiner in relation to major traditions of thought and explores the genesis and development of Anthroposophy. Although Rudolf Steiner is considered by many to be the greatest spiritual seer and philosophical thinker of the twentieth century and is credited with major cultural contributions such as the worldwide Waldorf school movement and the ever-growing biodynamic agricultural movement, he nevertheless remains relatively unknown to both academics and the public. The purpose of this volume is to redress that situation by introducing Steiner's work to a broader audience and making his name more universally recognized. The New Essential Steiner includes selections from Steiner’s writings, which are grouped into chapters that demonstrate the breadth of his thinking and spiritual accomplishments. CONTENTS: Introduction: Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy Significant Events in the Life of Rudolf Steiner Autobiographical Notes: “The Barr Document” “Introducing Rudolf Steiner” by Owen Barfield Philosophy: Self and World Evolution: Cosmic & Human Anthropos: Body, Soul, and Spirit Spiritual Intelligence Christ and Other Exalted Beings Reincarnation, Karma, and the Dead Arts Society Education Psychology Health and Healing Gaia and the Future A Guide to Further Reading Index The New Essential Steiner is an invaluable compendium and introduction to the works that form the foundation of Anthroposophy.
Download New Essential Steiner: An Introduction to Rudolf Steiner for the 21st Century epub
ISBN: 1584200561
ISBN13: 978-1584200567
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: Robert A. McDermott,Rudolf Steiner
Language: English
Publisher: Lindisfarne Books (November 30, 2009)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1305 kb
FB2 size: 1283 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Yellow Judge
This is a nice introduction to the various disciplines Steiner contributed to during his life. I recommend it. Though, it took a while for me to get through it.
The Sphinx of Driz
Just like the title says.....this is essential reading and the best introduction to Steiner and his works. It can be overwhelming when you first approach the incredible amounts of material available on Steiner. Start here!
Not the philosophy for me.
Others use it as their essential guide to the esoteric.
I have just finished "The New Essential Steiner" by Robert McDermott. I teach at a tertiary organisation preparing teachers and have found this book an excellent tool to use to introduce our students to the world of Steiner's thinking. Robert McDermott's introduction is clear and appealing. He examines why Steiner is still so little known despite being one of the most advanced thinkers of our age, commenting that too many of his "followers" put Steiner against modern thinkers and movements - a place Steiner would have shuddered to have found himself. He states: "Despite obstacles to the spread of Steiner's ideas and their influence, there is increasing evidence that they have become more familiar and received more credit than they did a generation ago. It is no longer unusual to observe academics and seekers acknowledging that Steiner's innovations such as Waldorf Education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophically extended medicine, and anthroposophic arts represent significant contributions to contemporary thought and culture."
McDermott give a clear and compelling introduction to Steiner making clear who he was and what his work was about. He then presents Steiner's work as having 12 distinct branches:
1. Philosophy: Self and World
2. Evolution: Cosmic and Human
3. Anthropos: Body, Soul and Spirit
4. Spiritual intelligence
5. Christ and other exalted beings
6. Reincarnation, Karma and the dead
7. Arts
8. Society
9. Education
10. Psychology
11. Health and Healing
12. Gaia and the Future
In each section McDermot gives a very interesting overview of the field and then presents Steiner's writing about that field. These articles are newly translated with gender references removed, making them much more available to modern readership, and with excellent references and referrals for where else to read more.
As a person who has read Steiner for many years and teaches in Waldorf Education, I found this book a tremendous help in putting areas of his work in relation to one another and to modern scientific thinking. I found the book incredibly interesting, quotable, refreshing, stimulating. It is a book I would highly recommend both to enquirers about Steiner and Anthroposophy and to those very familiar with it as a way to help introduce others, to sharpen their own understanding and to gain an overview of the depth and breadth of Steiner's contribution to the world.
Robyn Hewetson, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand