Announcement: SteinerStudy Group Forming
- Detroit/Tuebingen Michaelmas 2000
After some discussions at various places on the Steiner Internet we are
happy to announce a new forum on e-groups: SteinerStudy.
SteinerStudy is intended to be an online study group focused on the study
of anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner. Our intention is to have
an open group, with no 'litmus test' for membership other than interest in
the work being studied and a willingness to contribute to the discussion.
We encourage participation from both the curious newcomer and the highly
developed saint .... and from everyone in-between.
And although the group discussion will take place in English, we welcome
and encourage the participation of non-native speakers of English.
We've decided to start with Steiner's work, Die Philosophie der Freiheit,
or The Philosophy of Freedom (PoF). We do not require that any particular
translation be used, but do note that the book is available, in both
German and English, at the eLib website:
The translation provided online is that of Michael Wilson (1964).
Tom Mellett's succinct summation of the entire work may be found at:
As for the work itself, we want to start with -- and resort as necessary
to -- intellectual exercise whilst moving as far -- and as fast -- as
possible toward living thinking. To that end, we propose that, in parallel
with our study of PoF, members of the group should commit to undertaking a
common meditation and sharing our experiences with that. In this way, we
hope to nurture inner perceptiveness and move continuously in the
direction of living thinking. For example, we could begin with a
concentration exercise such as those found in Steiner or Kuehlewind or
Because it is our expectation that everyone on the list will participate
in the discussion, we are asking new subscribers to send an introductory
post giving their reasons for participating and their hopes and
expectations for the group. In this way, all the members of the group
will begin to be known to the other members.
One final expectation: This group should be focused on study of the text
and the sharing of our associated exercises. While it is only natural
that occasionally the desire to stray from these twin focal points
should arise, off-topic discussions should be diverted to one of the
many anthroposophy lists available on the wider Steiner Internet.
If you would like to subscribe to SteinerStudy, please send a message to:
With warm regards,
Michael Sieber and JoAnn Schwartz
Co-moderators of SteinerStudy
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