Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system of beliefs and practice based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner and maintaining that by correct training and personal discipline one can attain experience of the spiritual world.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Human wisdom; knowledge or understanding of human nature.
  • n. A spiritual movement inaugurated by Rudolf Steiner (also capitalized as Anthroposophy).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Knowledge of the nature of man; hence, human wisdom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Knowledge of the nature of man; acquaintance with man's structure and functions, comprehending anatomy and physiology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education

Etymologies

anthropo- + (theo)sophy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
anthropo- + -sophy, from a Renaissance Latin anthroposophia (attested in Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, d. 1535 and Thomas Vaughan, d. 1666), popularized from the 1910s via German Anthroposophie (Rudolf Steiner, 1861–1925). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's built on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner known as anthroposophy, which includes understanding "the ecological, the energetic, and the spiritual in nature."

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  • Some organic growers practice the "bio-dynamic" principles of the late Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian polymath, founder of "anthroposophy" and the Waldorf Schools, and who in 1924 delivered lectures in Koberwitz, Silesia, on agricultural theory.

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  • This is much of anthroposophy: the idea that the underlying order and meaning must be spiritual, pushing out into the world of our perceptions and which we should go seeking not only by examining objects, but investigating purposes, meanings, the spiritual significance of things.

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  • I drank herbal teas by the liter following the advice of my anthroposophy doctor fennel seeds and aniseeds, and a Weleda herbal tea is also very popular over here.

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  • Under the influence of Theosophy, of which anthroposophy was an offshoot, she became acquainted with Indian dance.

    Leah Bergstein.

  • For some pseudo religions- like Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy epithany is more significant than Christmas itself.

    On The Adoration of the Magi

  • Biodynamics is part of the work of Rudolf Steiner, known as anthroposophy - a new approach to science which integrates precise observation of natural phenomena, clear thinking, and knowledge of the spirit.

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  • Steiner viewed architecture as a servant of human life, and he designed the Goetheanum to support the work of anthroposophy — drama and eurythmy in particular.

    Rudolf Steiner: the third human need

  • “From the beginning, our position has been that when you are using Waldorf methods, the teachings are so completely linked to the religion of anthroposophy that there is no way to separate it.”

    Lawsuit against Waldorf revived

  • According to the Dictionary of World Religions, anthroposophy was developed when Steiner tried to “develop a view of reality based on direct perception of the spirit world.”

    Lawsuit against Waldorf revived

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