Anthroposophy was developed by Rudolf Steiner [1861-1925]. The Austrian scientist, educator, artist, philosopher and spiritual researcher developed a modern path of knowledge named Anthroposophy or the Wisdom of the Human Being. This is a path of knowledge leading the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe.
Recognising the need to reconcile the spiritual experiences of his childhood with that of the material world, he studied science and philosophy, received a Ph.D. in science, became the leading scholar of Goethe’s scientific work and developed anthroposophy as a spiritual science.
Rudolf Steiner sought to awaken individuals to their own spiritual experiences and investigations and to encourage a greater attentiveness to the manifestations of spirit in everyday life. Each individual can follow the pathways of inner development in full freedom.
Rudolf Steiner was never fully satisfied with the name of Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science and felt it could be changed every day. He stressed that the meaning of Anthroposophy has to become a conscious awareness of one's humanity.
The practical application of anthroposophy is found in education, agriculture, nutrition, medicine and therapies, new arts and sciences, social work, economic enterprises and religious renewal. The results of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research in over 6000 lectures and 40 books are now available in more than 300 volumes.