RUDOLF STEINER AND SOCIAL REFORM
Threefolding and other proposals
How might we improve the way we organize society, so that human beings can live in greater peace, dignity and justice?
Against a background of chronic discontent and social conflict around the globe, Richard Masters presents a comprehensive survey of Rudolf Steiner’s work on societal reform, sifting through and summarizing the content of dozens of books, lectures and discussions. Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) is not known today for his social thinking, but he wrote and spoke at length on such issues during and after WWI, engaging with audiences ranging from royalty, politicians and business owners to illiterate, dispossessed factory workers. Central to his ideas was his ‘threefold’ approach to politics, economics and culture, arguing that their roles should be clarified and the three spheres allowed to thrive independently.
Drawing on the full range of source material – including much not yet available in English – the author reveals the continuing relevance of Steiner’s work to our contemporary situation. With an emphasis on accessibility, he builds up the subject methodically, studying the main ideas from differing perspectives. He also provides candid reflections on the degree to which Steiner’s proposals are still applicable to current policy and practice. Authoritative and yet jargon-free, Rudolf Steiner and Social Reform offers innovative and stimulating ideas for anyone concerned with the state of our world.
RICHARD MASTERS studied accounting and finance (with computing) at the University of Kent, and has since spent over 30 years working in institutions devoted to financing projects that are socially and environmentally constructive. He also spends a number of hours each week looking after adults with learning disabilities.
26 April 2022; RSP; 676pp; 21 x 23 cm; pb;
£35.00 ISBN 9781855845985