Who Was Rudolf Steiner?


“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” 

― Thomas Campbell

Rudolf Steiner was born in 1861 in Kraljevic, Austria-Hungary.  Today this is in Croatia.  His father was an official on the Austrian Railroad.  A warm loving childhood led eventually to a scholarly pursuit in middle Europe becoming a recognized source of insight into the work of Goethe.  He maintained an active interest in literature and the world of art being a Drama critic in Berlin at the end of the 1890’s.

His pursuit of the relationship between the spiritual and the scientific developed into his becoming the leader of the German section of the Theosophical Society in the early 1900’s.  He began his course of lecturing and writing which eventually led to 35 published books and over 6500 lectures published from notes taken during his presentations.

His work eventually touched all aspect of current civilization, Education, Medicine, Agriculture, Performing Art, Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, Remedial Education, Religion, Mathematics, Finance and Banking.   He is most widely known for Waldorf Education and Biodynamic Agriculture.  His work brought into existence new approaches in performing art with Eurythmy and Speech Formation.

He developed the applied philosophy with the name Anthroposophy (wisdom of the human being) have separated himself from the Theosophical Society (wisdom of god) in the early teens of the 20th century.   He died in 1925 in Switzerland where the Anthroposophical Society maintains its international headquarters.   For more information go to www.anthroposophy.org.


For more thoughtful INSIGHTS about Rudolf Steiner, we HIGHLY recommend:

Discovering a Genius: Rudolf Steiner at 150 by Frederick Amrine