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Anthroposophy

A system of Christian mystical philosophy developed by the Austrian, [[Rudolf Steiner]] (1861-1925). Son of a stationmaster, he studied science at Vienna University and thereafter worked till 1897 on the Weimar edition of Goethe's works. He joined the Theosophists,* but finding them overinfluenced by oriental religious ideas, he left them to develop a Christianized version of theosophy which he called “anthroposophy.” In 1913 he established an institute at Dornach near Basle, to incorporate the newly formed Anthroposophical Society and to provide a publishing house. Similar institutes were later set up in other countries as were also the Rudolf Steiner schools which specialize in the education of maladjusted children.