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institutions should be funded by free gifts, and they should should answer them. Steiner was also an early and a 

be self-governing. In this sphere, the cultivation of each profound ecologist. More than a century ago, he already 

person’s full creative potential should be an end in itself; warned that humanity’s relationship to the Earth was in need 

schools are not for indoctrinating or even training: they are of healing. In response, Steiner became a great pioneer of 

for educating. The Waldorf school movement is a shining ex- organic agriculture, devising “bio-dynamic” methods that 

ample of these principles in action.
are in use all over the world today. Biodynamic farms can be 

found in thirty U.S. states, and dozens of vineyards have 
The Seeds of a New Culture
switched to biodynamic production. Indeed, biodynamics 
Anthroposophy has yielded many more initiatives during 
is rapidly becoming as widely known as Waldorf education,
Steiner’s lifetime and since. He worked with medical doctors
and anthroposophy could poten- 
to create new kinds of “anthropo-
tially provide important theoretical Steiner was also an early and a profound 
sophically extended” or “comple-
and practical foundations not only ecologist. More than a century ago, he 
mentary” medicine: the movement
for organic agriculture, but for the already warned that humanity’s relationship 
remains small in North America,
ecological movement generally. to the Earth was in need of healing.
but it is fully developed in Europe,
There have also been many at- 
where numerous anthroposophical
tempts to bring Steiner’s ideas to 
pharmacies, clinics, and even some
bear upon the world of business: 

hospitals have been founded.
major European companies such as 

Weleda and Hauschka are respected
Mahle, Altnatura, and Software 

international pharmaceutical firms;
AG have been founded by anthro- 

Uriel Pharmacy and TrueBotanica
posophists, and are run to varying 

have been launched more recently
degrees on anthroposophical prin- 
The second"Goetheanum": flowing reinforced concrete.
in the U.S. Hauschka is now also
ciples. And anthroposophists can

considered by many to be the ultimate in cosmetics. Dozens point to decades of successful experience in the emerging 

of communities here and abroad, notably the Camphill field of social finance.

movement, are working out of anthroposophical insights to In a world in which so many ideologies – Marxism, 

meet the special needs of children and adults.
nationalism, materialism, religious fundamentalism, the in- 

Steiner was indeed far ahead of the curve, and that is visible hand of the market – have become tired if not outright 

why he speaks so directly to so many issues with which we destructive, many hunger for a radically new kind of thinking, 

continue to wrestle today. His social theories have the for ideas arising out of new insights, ideas that have real trans- 

potential to clarify current debates on globalization. Steiner formative power. They yearn for ideas that can become real, 

laid much of the blame for World War I on the mistaken living ideals. Steiner gave them to us in abundance, launching 

notion of ‘national economy,’ asserting that economics is and inspiring a host of initiatives throughout the world.

inherently apolitical and global. He was an ardent feminist, Now a century old, anthroposophy feels young. Steiner 

arguing already in 1895 for full suffrage, and insisting that remains seminal. He planted the seeds of a new, humane 

if there are “women’s questions,” then it is women who
civilization. Let us cultivate them.

Frederick Amrine has been a student of anthroposophy his entire adult life. He teaches literature, philos- 

ophy, and intellectual history at the University of Michigan, where he has been appointed Arthur F. Thurnau 

Professor in German Studies. His research has been devoted primarily to Goethe, German Idealism, and 
Romanticism. He is also a past editor of this publication.

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