The essence of Steiner’s work

(The other pages of this site will get an English translation soon)

You want to read Steiner, but you never get around to it?

Steiner in Essence is working on a concise presentation of Rudolf Steiner’s books and lectures.

“The human individual is the source of all morality and the center of earthly life.”
(a quote from Rudolf Steiner from the Philosophy of Freedom)

The Science of Knowing, a concise summary

Why summarise Steiner’s work?

It’s new
“Rudolf Steiner’s work is so incredibly new. We are still at the very beginning.” This was what Steffen Schneider, the Managing Director of Hawthorne Valley Farm (New York) said during a working group in Dornach. I could confirm that. The vision to look at a (agricultural) business from as individual, the concept of personal morality from the Philosophy of Freedom, the realisation that in a global economy everyone depends on everyone; these are examples of innovations that Steiner has deployed and that can still be regarded as innovative.

It is useful
A colleague of mine, who has been working in anthroposophical research and teaching for many years, recently revealed to me that “… she has never read a letter from him”. That is a pity because it puts herself at a disadvantage. Steiner has often worked out his ideas in a very practical way and provided a logical foundation.

It is a daring venture
Steiner’s written works and his lectures would be difficult to read. This objection is almost inevitable, because his striving for cultural renewal places strict thinking, in accordance with reality, at the basis. Anyone who does not want to think along very precisely will drop out. His books and lectures have an elaborate style ‘deliberately’. An intellectual summary of the work certainly runs the risk of missing the essence, throwing away the child with the bathwater. The downside of Steiner’s “difficult” is unparalleled precision in the formulations and great artistry in the didactics to create radically new ideas.

It is a solution
It was never intended that the ideas would remain just ideas. Anthroposophy is a call to work. It is precisely this call that can be taken from the texts as the essence. This is a solution for anthroposophists who never read a letter from Steiner and for others who are interested in a certain aspect of anthroposophy for their profession.

Luc Ambagts

Revenue from this project

  • A series of publications in which a book or lecture series by Rudolf Steiner is presented in a concise form, supplemented by practical experiences of people;
  • A network of people who study Rudolf Steiner’s work again;
  • Examples of cultural renewal through insights from anthroposophy;
  • Examples of the development of craftsmanship in economics, pedagogy, medicine, agriculture, and natural sciences.

The selected works.

Eleven basic works have been selected. See the Dutch site for details.

Already available
The essence of the project is to represent thoughts and views from anthroposophy as a ‘call to action’. This method of expressing the essence of an argument as an action – and not as a thought – was first developed on the basis of the article “The Evil” by Christine Gruwez.

The lecture given by Rudolf Steiner in Karlsruhe on March 1, 1913, serves as a prototype for the project: Spirit nature life.

The Agricultural Course is the first sub-project in which all parts of the brief depiction are discussed:

1. Explanation of the lecture and the circumstances under which it was given
2. Examples to which the nomination has led, or to which it could lead
3. Concise display of the content
4. The essence represented as action

Theosophy, one of the early basic works of anthroposophy, is available as a summary, with short texts to explain or illustrate it. In response to the course on the book, an action has been formulated for each chapter.

The Science of knowing, a concise summary (Grundlinien…, GA2) is now available in English.

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The progress of the project depends on the financial possibilities that is offered by sponsors and subsidizers. Do you want to help the project further, by making it known,  or by supporting it financially? Determine the amount of your contribution and transfer the amount to
in the name of L.H.E.M. Ambagts, mentioning ‘Steiner in Essentie’.