Theosophy, Anthroposophy and Anthrophilosophy

Submitted by Tom Last on Sat, 07/23/2011 - 2:14pm.

theosophy: divine wisdom (God)
anthroposophy: human wisdom (Guru)
anthrophilosophy: human love of wisdom (Individual)

Anthroposophy is powered by the intuitive insight of Rudolf Steiner as a Guru who answers the questions of others.

is powered by the intuitive insight of the individual, individualistic knowledge that answers the questions the individual poses to himself. The Philosophy of Freedom explains that this individual question and answer process is how we overcome our separation and integrate ourselves into the world. (2-0, 7-10)

Rudolf Steiner's work appears in two phases; as a free spirited philosopher he struggled to answer the questions that arose within himself on his path to freedom, and later as a mystic and guru he was to guide others. This website is focused on Steiner's path to free himself (18-39 age, up to 1899), before he converted to theosophy to lead others. (1900-1925).

Nature, society and of course the individual himself contribute to human development. Nature makes us a natural being, society makes us a law-abiding being, but it is up to each one of us to make ourselves a free being (9-11). Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy is more concerned with the first two, working with nature and social institutions. Using his gift of clairvoyance as an instrument for science, Steiner was able to discover fundamental lawfulness applicable to many established fields. These laws of nature and spirit fill the vast anthroposophical library ready to renew the institutions of society: agriculture, art, education, medicine, science, religion, government etc.

Anthrophilosophy is focused on free individuality, the pursuit of freedom leading to the self-determined individual who creates his own laws. Nothing in nature or society can give us freedom. This is something we can only give to ourselves. The brief outline within The Philosophy Of Freedom presents a philosophy of life empowered by ones own intuitive insight.

For example, the anthroposophist Waldorf teacher will strictly apply Rudolf Steiner's principles of education. The anthrophilosophist educator is not limited to these principles, but will select, according to his own intuitive insight, from all the principles of education he is aware of and may even develop his own principles.

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