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People everywhere have heard of Waldorf schools, Biodynamic farming, Camphill Villages, and other innovations of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Indeed, Steiner-as an architect, artist, teacher, and ...
People everywhere have heard of Waldorf schools, Biodynamic farming, Camphill Villages, and other innovations of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Indeed, Steiner-as an architect, artist, teacher, and agriculturalist-ranks among the most creative and prolific figures of the early twentieth century, pioneering work in alternative education, holistic health, and environmental research.
While his accomplishments are felt all over the world, few people understand this unusual figure. Steiner's own writings and lectures fill several bookcases, intimidating those who would like to know more. Works on Steiner are often dense and "insider" in tone, further deterring the curious. No popular biography, written by a sympathetic but critical outsider, has been available.
Gary Lachman's Rudolf Steiner provides this missing introduction. Along with telling Steiner's story and placing Steiner in his historical context, Lachman's book presents Steiner's key ideas in a readable, accessible manner. In particular, Lachman considers the spread of Steiner's most popular projects, which include Waldorf schools-one of the leading forms of alternative education-and Biodynamic farming-a popular precursor to organic farming. He also traces Steiner's beginnings as a young intellectual in the ferment of fin de si?cle culture, to his rise as a thought leader within the influential occult movement of Theosophy, to the founding of his own metaphysical teaching called Anthroposophy.
Finally, the book illustrates how Steiner's methods are put into practice today, and relates Steiner's insights into cosmology to the work of current thinkers.
Rudolf Steiner is a full-bodied portrait of one of the most original philosophical and spiritual luminaries of the last two centuries, and gives those interested in the history of ideas the opportunity to discover one of the most underappreciated figures of the twentieth century.
Posted March 2, 2014
I had no knowledge of Steiner before this reading though I had heard the name. This is a well written, well researched book as I've come to expect from Gary Lachman. I enjoy the way he brings out so much of the person and the times they lived in. Certainly thought provoking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 28, 2008
I was hoping for a biography that could enlighten. Not here. I found the hip observations quite appropriate when regarding movie celebrities and the like but very out of place here. For the life of me the only reason for such a dilletantish(sic) work to get published at all is if you are - well - a former bandmember of some astonishingly ground breaking group like that amazing BLONDIE. Sadly, NOT.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2007
Lachman has done well in treating the mysterious and labyrinthine Steiner fairly. He has written much on such subjects. In ratings, the hardness of task should count, not just the result. So rate Lachman high: he comes so close to an almost unreachable goal. However, he never solves the puzzle(no one ever has) how Steiner, with his gifts, energy and--at last--his contacts, remained on the edge and later almost unknown. A Rudolf Steiner boom is on. Many good books on him appear, including Steiner's own Biography gives a seeker a good background, hard to acquire otherwise. And this background clarifies what rules our world today. An excellent new book divides people into two groups. Book _Mindset_. Two sorts of personality: growth mindset vs fixed states minds. Carol S. Dweck, PhD in _Mindset: the new psychology of consciousness_ offers a key to Steiner. He looks like an extreme case of ultimate 'growth mindset.' Shows the signs: to go out of one's way to tackle the hard and new. To confront, wrestle with ideas and people even though Steiner disbelieved and felt out of harmony with them. --Mistakenly, he was accused of being wishy-washy and dilletante.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2012
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