What is Anthroposophy?
At the beginnning of the 20th century, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) initiated a new science which he called Anthroposophy (from the Greek: anthropos = human being; sophia = wisdom). This form of knowledge encompasses all aspects of life in its material, psychological and spiritual manifestations and is a symbiosis of Art, Science and Religion. Rudolf Steiner wrote many books in which he formulated the basis of Anthropopsophy, These include The Philosophy of Freedom, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Occult Science - An Outline. He also lectured extensively during his lifetime and many of his lectures are in print.
Anthroposophy offers a comprehensive interpretation of human and world evolution, and the methods through which each human being can independently receive insights into fundamental human questions like 'why am I here?' 'what is my task?' 'what does the world have to do with me and I with the world?'. Anthroposophy also helps each individual to strenghten and enrich relationships within their respective communities.
The General Anthroposophical Society was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. At present there are about 52,000 members worldwide. There are different sections within the Society, each of which have specific fields of work, e.g. medicine, natural science, social science, humanities, etc.
The Anthroposophical Society in Ireland was founded at Whitsun in 1989, and there are about 200 members at present. There are regular meetings of the Society as a whole. Around the country, smaller groups also meet, in which members study and work together on specific themes and projects.
"Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the universe. It arises in the human being as a need of the heart, of the life of feeling; and it can be be justified only inasmuch as it can satisfy this inner need. "
- Dr. Rudolf Steiner -