What is Anthroposophy?
To his revelation of the objective reality of a creative spiritual world
which informs our physical, material one, and the explanation of the origin and
destiny of the human being and all that flows from it, Rudolf Steiner gave the
name "Anthroposophy". The significance of this name is that the secret of the
universe is expressed in and discoverable through an understanding of the real
nature of Man. The name "Anthroposophy" can be understood in three different
- The exact scientific methodology of research into the spiritual world
established by Rudolf Steiner.
- The results of this research. These results were spoken of by Rudolf Steiner as
"spiritual science" or "science of the spirit". They form the necessary
continuity and complement to natural science and consist of a knowledge of the supersensible constitution of Man, of the spiritual beings in nature and the
cosmos, and also a deeper extension of history by a reading of the akashic
- The application of the results gained through Spiritual Science in practical
life, as put into practice, for example, in education, medicine, pharmacy,
agriculture, the different branches of the arts and sciences, the renewal of the
sacramental life of religion, economics, and in such diverse activities as
jewellery making and beekeeping.
Steiner offered his own definition of "Anthroposophy" to the Encyclopedia
Britannica. "Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge leading the Spirit in Man to
the Spirit in the universe."
Anthroposophy is squarely based on the actual knowledge of the spiritual world
that Rudolf Steiner acquired and perfected through the conscious development of
those higher faculties that, as he told us, slumber within every human being.
Recommended Further Reading:
Rudolf Steiner: His life, work, inner path and social initiatives by Rudi Lissau
An Introduction to Anthroposophy: Rudolf Steiner's World View by Francis Edmunds