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Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work Paperback – February 1, 2007
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Lachman still continues to amaze and delight me, as both the best writer on esotericism today with a writing style that is fresh, insightful and approachable yet scholarly. There is no work by Gary Lachman I do not have and I will certainly seek out any future works by him as well.
This book may cause some consternation among "true believers", but even long time students of Steiner & Anthroposophy will find new insights to his life and work. As much as I admire Steiner and his work, Lachman addresses one such wrinkle I have dealt with, the slight embarassment brought on by the aesthetics of anthroposophical inspired art, speech formation, drama and painting. To the contemporary these expressions seem ponderous, naive and simply outdated. Lachman is gracious in describing Steiner's mystery dramas as "an acquired taste", I personally find them unreadable, verbose and probably unwatchable as well. Yet Steiner stated the essense of his philosophy is contained within these works.
Regarding Steiner's seminal Christology, described by Steiner as the "Mystery of Golgotha" is a major challenge to the casual reader.Read more ›
Recently, though, I've taken to learning more about the context of Steiner's work, especially the more esoteric practices. Learning about the history of the Theosophical Society, occult or mystery schools through the ages, and current spiritual practices - these have been more and more of interest.
Gary Lachman's "Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life And Work" has satisfied my need to establish such a wider context for my study of spiritual science. His style is readable, his research credible. His background on the Theosophical Society, descriptions of Steiner's phases of life and work, and discussions of relevant, contemporary philosophical trends, all contribute a needed depth and breadth to Steiner's work. Most importantly for me, his sympathies are with what I take to be the main thrust of Steiner's work: the practice of spiritual science.
Two things in particular stood out to me in Lachman's book: First, Lachman identifies the primary character of Steiner's philosophy as phenomenology. I've always thought this, and I think it's an especially fruitful path to explore for the continued influence and practice of spiritual science.Read more ›
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Gary Lachman’s biography of Rudolf Steiner is a perfect introduction and overview to one of the 20th century’s most unusual and overlooked thinkers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David H
By far the finest introduction to Steiner's life and work available today.Published 15 months ago by dianne benedict
I sent my youngest son to a Waldorf school without knowing anything about Steiner or Anthroposophy. Now, that I have a Granddaughter who will be attending Waldorf, I decided it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patricia
Approaching an enigma like Steiner is serious undertaking for anyone. This book attempts to cover the gambit and does have good coverage. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Katharina Kahsche
This was one of the easiest books to read and assimilate on R.S...full of details and good facts and is written in a manner that is easily digested and memorable.Published on December 19, 2013 by susan becker
Many of the materials about Rudolf Steiner are so difficult to read, this is much more human and appealing. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Sunshine Reader
This is the best overall, understandable summary of Rudolf Steiner's work, and his life AND times. Thank you, Gary Lachman.Published on August 27, 2013 by LBW