esoteric philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner postulating the existence of an objective spiritual world accessible to human experience

Anthroposophy is a philosophy founded in the early 20th century by the esotericist Rudolf Steiner that postulates the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world, accessible to human experience.


  • There is a debate within the Anthroposophical movement about whether any Anthroposophists ever were card-carrying Nazis... On the whole, we should take the charitable view of Steiner: he was a child of his time, race theories were in the air, esp. after the scientific breakthrough of Darwinism, and he did not make it worse than it was. This, of course, is still no reason to keep on parroting the 19th-century prophet Steiner well into the 21st century, as our Anthroposophist friends tend to do... Steiner's Anthroposophy comes away away less convincingly than Theosophy from the allegation of at least some common grounds with the Nazi movement. Yet, in the really decisive respects, it should be absolved.
    • Elst, K. (2010). The saffron swastika: The notion of "Hindu fascism". p 909 ff

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