(portrait circa 1918)
A Short Biography of Rudolf Steiner
During the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the Austrian-born
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) became a respected and well-published scientific,
literary, and philosophical scholar, particularly known for his work on
Goethe's scientific writings. After the turn of the century, he began to
develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical
research of psychological and spiritual phenomena.
His multi-faceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in
medicine, science, education (Waldorf schools), special education, philosophy,
religion, economics, agriculture (Bio-Dynamic method), architecture, drama,
the new art of eurythmy, and other fields. In 1925 he founded the General
Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.
Read a longer version by Michael Wilson
(from the introduction to The Philosophy of Freedom).